HarbisonWalker Celebrates Grand Opening of Monolithic Refractories Plant
According to HWI, the new plant features new state-of-the-art processes and technologies and utilizes lean manufacturing techniques throughout its operations to maximize material flow efficiency and production.
HarbisonWalker International (HWI) recently celebrated the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art monolithic refractories manufacturing plant in South Point, Ohio. The company 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 on June 8, 2017, and the plant began shipping products this spring.
“Our new plant at South Point is a game changer,” said Carol Jackson, chairman and CEO. “It is the most advanced refractory facility in North America and, likely, in the world. 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 U.S. refractories manufacturing.”
According to HWI, the plant features new state-of-the-art processes and technologies and utilizes lean manufacturing techniques throughout its operations to maximize material flow efficiency and production. Led by Tom Roberts, plant manager, the South Point team of 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 refractories market. According to HWI, the new packaging offers improved product consistency, shelf life, and storage, along with easier and safer handling.
“We went from an ideal commercial site to a state-of-the-art monolithic plant in one year’s time in South Point,” said Jackson. “At the same time, we’ve been hard at work, literally transforming our supply chain and business processes. It’s all been possible because every day our intensely dedicated team demonstrates extraordinary collaboration, without compromising quality, safety, or ever losing sight of customers’ needs.”
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