Shenango Advanced Ceramics received $557,000 from the state of Pennsylvania to upgrade its existing New Castle plant.

Shenango Advanced Ceramics (New Castle, Pa.; www.shenangoceramics.com) received $557,000 from the state of Pennsylvania to upgrade its existing New Castle plant. The money will allow Shenango to create 19 new jobs and retain 22 existing employees. Shenango recently completed the rebuild of its largest cordierite kiln, built a new nitrogen atmosphere kiln and introduced a high purity silicon carbide product. Major expansions of the silicon carbide production areas are also underway to improve efficiency and reduce cycle times to meet growing demand.