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HWI Opens Advanced Monolithics Refractory Plant In Ohio

Aug. 24, 2018
HarbisonWalker International celebrates grand opening of new monolithics refractory plant in South Point, Ohio.

Carol Jackson, chairman and CEO, and Doug Hall, SVP integrated supply chain, cut the ribbon for HarbisonWalker International's South Point plant with the HWI leadership team.

HarbisonWalker International (HWI), supplier of refractory products and services in the U.S., celebrates the grand opening of its newly constructed, state-of-the-art monolithic refractories manufacturing plant in South Point, Ohio. HWI announced in February 2017 that it was investing $30 million to build a technologically advanced refractories plant as the next step in its strategy to continuously improve performance and respond to customers’ needs. Ground was broken for the new plant on June 8, 2017. The plant began shipping products in spring 2018, opening in just one year and within its planned schedule and budget, according to the company.

“Our new plant at South Point is a game-changer. It is the most advanced refractory facility in North America and, likely, in the world,” says Carol Jackson, chairman and CEO, HarbisonWalker International. “It reinvents how we’re producing and delivering quality monolithic products. It represents the future of our company and, in many ways, the future of US refractories manufacturing.” 

The plant features new state-of-the-art processes and technology and utilizes lean manufacturing techniques throughout its operations to maximize material flow efficiency and production, according to HWI. Led by Tom Roberts, plant manager, 40 technicians and staff operate in a team-based environment. The facility also employs form, fill and seal advanced packaging technologies that are reportedly new to the North American refractory market. The new packaging offers improved product consistency, shelf life and storage along with easier and safer handling.

For more information, visit: www.thinkhwi.com

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