Last week, news from HarbisonWalker regarding its plans to increase capacities drew the most reader interest (HarbisonWalker Addresses Expanding Steel Demand with Facility Upgrades and Capacity Increases): “HarbisonWalker International (HWI) recently announced that it is responding to domestic steelmakers’ increased capacity through several new initiatives. At the recent AISTech, HWI detailed capital investments, product developments, and refractory digital transformation programs. In addition, Carol R. Jackson, chairman and CEO, joined steel leaders to provide industry perspectives as a featured panelist at AISTech’s 2019 Town Hall Forum.
“‘We are proud to have helped fuel our U.S. steel industry customers’ success in 2018 by consistently delivering on the tremendous demand for refractory products and services,’ said Jackson. ‘We were able to source critical refractory raw materials when others could not. Our teams stepped up in a big way to maximize our supply chain and production capacity to meet the surge in demand. Looking ahead, we are continuing to make investments in our business to help ensure our steel customers’ sustained growth.’
“Mirroring its steel customers’ investments to boost production capabilities and upgrade facilities, HWI is investing to increase capacity by 25% in 2019 at key steel refractory facilities. Much of the investment will be at the company’s White Cloud, Mich., facility, which manufactures refractory products primarily for steelmakers. This is the latest in a series of capital investments that HWI has made at White Cloud over the past three years. In 2018, the company integrated new equipment and technologies to modernize the facility.”
Top 5 Hottest News Stories for May 12-18
- HarbisonWalker Addresses Expanding Steel Demand with Facility Upgrades and Capacity Increases
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#5 last week
- Corning Sees Strong Start to 2019 with Double-Digit Sales Increase in First Quarter
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