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Karina Ramírez: Glasses give employees glimpse into Acme’s past

Eddy Stahl, center, dealer principal and president of Stahl Peterbilt-Edmonton, accepts the dealer of the year award from Robert Woodall, left, Peterbilt director of sales and marketing, and Bill Kozek, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president.
Eddy Stahl, center, dealer principal and president of Stahl Peterbilt-Edmonton, accepts the dealer of the year award from Robert Woodall, left, Peterbilt director of sales and marketing, and Bill Kozek, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president.

Acme Brick toasted its employees for the company’s 121st anniversary last month, giving them each a set of tumbler glasses bearing historic images.

The company’s more than 2,000 employees received a set of four glasses with photos showing Acme employees from various eras, including an image of two workers posing in 1894 with a Boyd six-mold press — then a high-tech machine that increased Acme’s output to 75,000 bricks per week.

The company wanted to remind employees about Acme’s long history and heritage, President and CEO Dennis Knautz said in a news release. He said it was fascinating to look back into the faces of Acme employees from long ago and imagine what they had to do to produce just a few bricks.

Established on April 17, 1891, near Weatherford, Acme Brick and its affiliated companies — Featherlite Building Products, Texas Quarries, American Tile, Patina Floor Design Stores and the IBP Glass Block Grid System — are owned by Berkshire Hathaway, which is headed by famed investor Warren Buffett.

The Denton plant is located at 1315 Fort Worth Drive.

Peterbilt Motors Co. named Stahl Peterbilt-Edmonton in Canada the 2011 Peterbilt North American Dealer of the Year.

Eddy Stahl, dealer principal of Stahl Peterbilt, accepted the award at the annual Peterbilt Dealer Meeting held April 10-12 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Frisco, according to a news release.

The Stahl Peterbilt dealership received the award based on superior performance in all aspects of its business sales, service performance, parts sales growth and finance operations.

Daphne Arrington, owner of Salon LaPage at Unicorn Lake, spent most of Monday and Tuesday tending to calls from customers who wanted to verify if the salon was closing and moving to another location.

“We have received several calls about a false e-mail going out to some of our clients stating that our salon is closing and moving to Allen,” Arrington said.

“I just wanted to tell our customers that we are still here and open for business,” she said.

Arrington said she did not know who had sent the e-mail to her clients.

Salon LaPage is located at Unicorn Lake Market Square, 2900 Wind River Lane, in Suite 140.



Bill Drybread, CEO of Denton County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center, will be retiring after a 40-year career.

Drybread joined Denton County MHMR in 1987 following 15 years with the Denton State School and the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

He will officially leave his position in August, according to a news release.

Denton resident Arnold L. Jacobs recently joined Tiger Capital Group as director of field operations, following more than 22 years as an independent consultant to the firm and The Nassi Group, a company that focuses on planning, promotion and management of asset dispositions.

Jacobs comes to the newly created position with 28 years of experience in the retail marketplace as both an operational executive and field consultant on asset dispositions and evaluations, according to a news release.

Jacobs and his family have lived in Denton for about 20 years.

Tiger Group and its affiliates provide advisory, restructuring, valuation, disposition and auction services to retail, wholesale, industrial sectors and others companies across the country.

The company has offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta.

For more information, visit


Coming up

Early registration ends today for the third annual DATCU Dash 5K Run/Walk benefiting the United Way of Denton County.

The event will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at South Lakes Park near the Eureka playground, at 556 Hobson Lane. The event will conclude with an award ceremony by 9:15 a.m. All proceeds will benefit United Way.

Early registration fees are $25 per person, or $20 for students 19 and younger and family registration (at least five or more family members). Early registrants will receive a T-shirt.

An additional $5 will be charged for late registration, which is available up to the start of the race.

Participants can register at any of DATCU’s locations or online at

Special Abilities of North Texas’ fifth annual Casino Night, benefiting adults with special needs, will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Chapelle des Fleurs, 2701 Corporate Circle in Flower Mound.

The fundraiser will include live casino, a silent auction, prizes, drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

The event is sponsored by Special Abilities of North Texas, formerly known as Day Stay for Adults.

Tickets cost $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, call 940-383-8371.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is .