News Release: 10/24/2022

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dennis Knautz, President and CEO of Acme Brick Company Announces Retirement After Over 40 Years of Service.
 
Fort Worth, TX – Dennis Knautz has announced his retirement as President and CEO of Acme Brick Company effective March, 2023-bringing to a close a career that has spanned more than 40 years.
     Dennis joined Acme as Controller, was promoted to Vice President- Finance in 1988 and served in that position until 2000.   He became Executive Vice President and COO in 2004 and in 2005 was named Acme’s eleventh President and CEO.  He is among the longest serving Presidents in Acme’s 131-year history.
     Ed Watson, Acme’s Executive Vice President – Operations will become President and CEO effective April 1, 2023.
     Of Dennis Knautz, Watson said, “We have been privileged to have had Dennis’s leadership at Acme and the brick industry both locally and nationally, during one of the most challenging periods in the history of the homebuilding industry. Thankfully, we are a sound, well-managed company today because of Dennis’ dedication to Acme, our customers and to our associates. 
      Dennis enhances every organization in which he is involved. I can truly say that Dennis is a terrific leader, a great boss, a good friend, a devoted family man, and a wonderful person.”  
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     Under Dennis’ leadership Acme led the nation in brick shipments for many years, delivering more than 32 billion brick to residential and commercial customers over that time.  He also expanded Acme’s community engagement with many organizations including the Texas Association of Business, the North Texas Commission, and North Texas LEAD (Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity).  In 2016, he accepted, on Acme’s behalf, the Fort Worth Chamber’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award. Nationally, he was inducted into the Brickman’s hall of Fame in 2019, and has also played a vital role in the Brick Industry Association, twice serving as its Chairman, and being recognized with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
     Ed Watson will bring a wealth of experience to his new position as the next President and CEO.  He will soon be celebrating his 40th year with Acme Brick, previously serving in the roles of Vice President-Production, General Production Manager –Concrete Operations, Regional Manager-Featherlite Building products, General Manager – Texas Quarries and Plant Engineer – Featherlite Building products.
     “Ed is a personable and engaging leader who has proven to be an outstanding manager, Dennis Knautz said.  His leadership and motivational skills will now be put to use in all areas of Acme.  I have every confidence that he will continue Acme’s long-standing commitment to excellence in this newly expanded role.”
 
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Acme Brick Company, founded in 1891, sells building material and design products for the home and commercial projects through over 50 Acme Brick Tile & Stone public showrooms across 13 states in the Southwest and Southeast. Acme is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.  For more information visit brick.com.
 
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For more PRESS information contact: Ron Taylor/Ashley & Taylor Public Relations (817) 874-8206 or ashleytaylorpr@gmail.com.
 
 
 
 
 

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