Acme Brick Company Announces Plant Manager of the Year

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Each year Acme Brick selects that year's most outstanding plant manager to receive this coveted award.

Tracy Bruton, manager of Acme Brick's Bennett Plant, has been named Acme Plant Manager of the Year. Jeremy Hargrave, Manager of Acme’s Dallas Block Plant, received the Acme A-1 Award. Acme’s Bennett, Texas plant was named Acme Brick Plant of the Year.

In March 1994, Tracy Bruton began his career with Acme Brick Company as a Grinding Room Utility/Operator at the original Bennett Plant, west of Fort Worth near Millsap, Texas. After holding several positions there, he relocated to Bridgeport, Texas, where he entered into the management trainee program in July 2000. In 2001 he became Burning Supervisor at the Bridgeport Plant.

In 2002, Bruton returned to Acme’s Bennett Plant and became Plant Superintendent in 2005. In October 2013, after serving in key roles at other Acme plants, he was promoted to his current position of Plant Manager at Bennett.

Jeremy Hargrave was hired as an Acme Brick sales-trainee in May 2006 following his graduation from Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas. He received his sales training at the Denton Distribution Yard. By the beginning of 2007 he had shown that his skills were better suited for operations management, and in April of 2007 he was promoted to Operations Manager for the yard.

Aside from a short stint as an outside-sales representative in late 2008, Hargrave managed the Denton Distribution Yard until February 2012. He was then promoted to the Plant Manager position at the Dallas Block Plant, which produces concrete block under the name Featherlite. During this time he also completed his master’s degree in Business Administration and graduated with his MBA in May 2012 from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

Acme Brick Company, founded in 1891, is the nation’s largest brickmaker. Acme owns 26 brick plants and has 70 company-owned sales offices across 17 states, plus a nationwide network of independent distributors.

Featherlite Building Products was founded in 1949 and has been part of Acme Brick Company since 1976. Acme produces Featherlite concrete-block products at six plants across Texas.

Other Acme operations include American Tile & Stone; Innovative Building Products; and Texas Quarries. Acme Brick Company has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. since 2000. For more information visit http://www.brick.com . Also find Acme at facebook.com/AcmeBrickCo.

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