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Hand-setting a thing of the past at Acme Brick

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    Adolfo Carrillo, off-bearer, hand-sets some of the last bricks to go onto the kiln car for firing. Photos by Heather Ott
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    Acme Brick's machine operator Roberto Cruz has been with the Acme company for many years and plays a key role in making sure production goes smoothly.
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    Jason Hodde, manufacturing supervisor, stands next to one of the last hand-set stacks of brick ready to be fired in the kiln.

Acme Brick employees hand-set some of the last bricks to go onto the kiln car for firing, a practice that has been done for over 129 years. This process ended on Friday, November 13, and installation of the new setting machine has begun and will be completed in roughly three weeks. Acme Brick is proud to announce that they aren't losing anyone. The setting machine will require less than half the manpower and will be fully staffed with five associates. The other six associates have all accepted other positions throughout the plant. Stay tuned to an upcoming Elgin Courier issue for a full feature article on the new setting machine at Acme Brick. If interested in working at or learning more about the Acme Brick Elgin location, please visit their website at