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HarbisonWalker International Reaches Agreement at Oak Hill Facility

Mar 23, 2016 / Press Releases

HarbisonWalker International is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the United Steelworkers today that will end the eleven month work stoppage at our Oak Hill, Ohio manufacturing facility.  The United Steelworkers re-voted on and ratified the original April 15, 2015 proposal offered by the company.

The new collective bargaining agreement will continue to provide above market wages and benefits in the Oak Hill community while allowing the company to compete in the global market.  Throughout the process the company was committed to working with our labor partners to address several factors in the global economy that are challenging our competitiveness (e.g., a strong US dollar is stimulating imports of competitive products, a downturn in the US steel industry, and falling oil prices.) The new collective bargaining agreement moves us in the right direction.

We greatly appreciate the cooperation, support and commitment of the entire HarbisonWalker International team that ensured we met all of our customers’ needs during this time period.  We look forward to working with the United Steelworkers to effect an orderly return to work in the upcoming weeks.

About HWI, A member of Calderys

HWI is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the United States, with a history that spans more than 150 years. Acquired in February 2023 by Platinum Equity, it is now part of Calderys and is the brand for the Americas region of the Group.

HWI has manufacturing sites and strategically placed distribution centers in the Americas, as well as the largest refractory industry research facility in North America. Serving virtually every major industry that requires refractory solutions to enhance production and protect assets, HWI is consistently recognized for its talented experts, industry firsts, and intensely driven excellence.

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