Upstate Refractory Services (URS) of Newark, N.Y., acquired the assets of Hanyan-Higgins Company Inc., a refractory sales and service business. URS specializes in engineered precast refractory shapes; stack-bonded ceramic-fiber panels used in furnace roofs, walls and doors; refractory relines and repairs; and distribution of refractory materials. Hanyan-Higgins has been a distributor of Plibrico refractory products for over 60 years, and URS will continue to offer Plibrico across upstate, central and western N.Y.

The owners and core employees of Hanyan-Higgins will now work under URS, which will have a total of over 300 years of refractory industry experience among employees. As this merger takes place, customers of Hanyan-Higgins will not experience any interruptions in their services.