HarbisonWalker International to Build New Monolithics Refractory Plant in Lawrence County, Ohio

Glass Magazine
March 30, 2017

HarbisonWalker International selected The Point Industrial Park in South Point, Lawrence County, Ohio as the location for construction of its new monolithic refractories manufacturing facility. The site is subject to completion of the company’s due diligence and finalization of one additional grant application that is in process. Groundbreaking for the new facility is expected to occur in early summer 2017, and will be operational by early 2018, according to the company.

HWI expects initial capacity at the new monolithic plant to be approximately 80,000 metric tons per year. According to the company, the plant will feature new state-of-the-art automation and technology, and will utilize new lean techniques throughout its operations to maximize material flow efficiency and production. It will employ technicians and staff in a team-based environment. In addition, the facility will introduce advanced packaging technologies that are new to the North American market.

“Unlike any other location, The Point offers unique transportation, logistics and business amenities that combine to create an ideal and cost-effective match for the requirements of our new facility,” says Douglas Hall, senior vice president, integrated supply chain, HarbisonWalker International. “The intermodal transportation features at The Point will ensure efficient delivery of raw materials from nearby suppliers and finished products to customers. The site offers efficiencies that are simply not possible elsewhere.”