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April 18, 2009 9:00 AM CDT

Acme Brick Celebrates 118th Birthday

Company marks birthday with a bright and green idea

By Acme Brick Company

Dennis Knautz, President and CEO of Acme Brick Company shown with the fluorescent light bulbs the company sent to all employees in celebration of Acme's 118th birthday on Friday, April 17th.
Dennis Knautz, President and CEO of Acme Brick Company shown with the fluorescent light bulbs the company sent to all employees in celebration of Acme's 118th birthday on Friday, April 17th.

To celebrate Acme’s 118th birthday on April 17th, the company gave 8,800 compact fluorescent light bulbs to employees. Each employee received four, 100 watt CFL’s (compact fluorescent lights). Over its lifetime, every bulb will save employees about $90.00 compared to a standard light bulb. “If you include an estimate for the birthday bulbs’ impact on air conditioning requirements, our employees will save nearly one million dollars!” said Bill Seidel, Acme’s Senior Vice President of Marketing.

The U. S. Government’s Energy Star Program estimates that, if every American home replaced just one 60 watt light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

In addition to the Energy Star light bulbs, all employees received an enameled lapel pin that bears Acme’s motto...From the Earth, For the Earth. Both items are contained in a reusable shopping bag made of recycled materials.

Acme President and CEO Dennis Knautz said, “We felt that, in addition to the many energy conserving things that we all do together as a company, it was our duty to take the green, energy conservation message from the workplace into our employees’ homes.”


About the Author

Acme Brick Company was established April 17, 1891 near Weatherford, Texas. Today, Acme is the world’s largest U.S. owned brick company. For more information visit www.acmebrick.com.

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