HarbisonWalker International (HWI) celebrated the grand opening of its newly constructed monolithic refractories manufacturing plant in South Point, Ohio. HWI announced in February 2017 that it would invest $30 million to build a technologically advanced refractories plant. Ground was broken for the facility on June 8, 2017, and the plant began shipping products in spring 2018. The plant features state-of-the-art processes and technology and utilizes lean-manufacturing techniques throughout its operations to maximize material flow efficiency and production.

The facility also employs form, fill and seal advanced packaging technologies that are new to the North American refractory market. The new packaging offers improved product consistency, shelf life and storage. South Point employs 40 highly trained and skilled technicians.