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The New Plant: HWI’s Advanced Monolithic Refractories

South Point Plant Rendering

With a history that spans more than 150 years, HarbisonWalker International (HWI) has created many of the refractory industry’s most significant technologies.

Monolithic refractories (those which can be molded or shaped for a variety of requirements) pose one of the strongest product growth categories for both HWI and the industry. For HWI, the new state-of-the-art plant will enable the company to further elevate product quality and consistency, and it illustrates the company’s forward-thinking strategy to harness new technology and invest for future growth.

HWI expects initial capacity at the new monolithic plant to be approximately 80,000 metric tons per year. 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 highly-trained and highly-skilled 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.

Facts

  • A new state-of-the-art monolithic refractories manufacturing facility
  • Address: South Point Plant – 500 HWI Way, Southpoint, OH 45680
  • Location: The Point Industrial Park in South Point, Lawrence County, Ohio
  • The plant’s South Point location offers unique transportation, logistics and business amenities that combine to create an ideal and cost-effective match for the requirements of the new facility
  • $30 million investment by HarbisonWalker International
  • Employment: 30-50 highly-trained and highly-skilled technicians and staff in a team-based environment
  • Initial capacity: approximately 80,000 metric tons per year
  • The first plant that HWI has newly constructed since 1978
  • A combination of state-of-the-art manufacturing automation and technology unlike any other North American refractories facility
  • New lean techniques throughout the plant to maximize material flow efficiency and production
  • Advanced materials packaging technologies that are new to the North American market
  • The South Point plant is the next step in HWI’s strategy to continuously improve performance and respond to customers’ needs
  • Architect: Kirk Donges of TSHD Architects
  • Builder: Mullins Construction
  • Building: Kirby Building Systems (a NUCOR Company)
  • Construction management services: Lawrence Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)

Recent News

  1. Windham Plant: Temporary Restraining Order
    October 13, 2017 / HWI News, Press Releases
  2. Union Strikes at Windham Facility
    October 2, 2017 / HWI News, Press Releases
  3. HWI Leadership Goes Over the Edge
    September 26, 2017 / HWI News

Spotlight

  • Temporary Restraining Order at Windham Plant

    At HWI, it is our top priority to ensure the safety and well-being of every one of our more than 1,700 employees across all our locations. >
  • HWI to exhibit at GPC 2017

    HarbisonWalker International is excited to participate in the upcoming 78th Conference on Glass Problems in Columbus, OH, November 6-9, 2017. >
  • Union Strikes at Windham Facility

    The United Steelworkers International Union and its Local 8565-03 have rejected HWI's most recent contract offer and commenced an economic strike at its Windham, Ohio manufacturing facility at midnight September 30. >
  • New Plant Updates

    Visit our South Point Plant webpage to get the latest updates on the construction of our new plant. >