Brick maker expanding operation


HarbisonWalker International makes heat resistant, or refractory, products such as bricks. Photo via

A maker of refractory products for multiple industries is expanding its operations in the region.

HarbisonWalker International is investing $1.47 million to expand its plant in Everett Township, at 1301 E. 8th St, according to The Right Place, a regional economoic development nonprofit, last week.

The company had opportunities to expand in other states where it maintains operations, but it chose to build at its Newaygo County location.

The plant produces heat resistant, or refractory, bricks and other refractory products used in steel production.

The addition will be used for storing, transporting and dispensing a new additive for its brick mixtures.


The Right Place and the Newaygo County Economic Development Office assisted HarbisonWalker with securing support for the project.

The expansion will be supported by a P.A. 198 tax abatement from Everett Township, which was approved at the Oct. 11 township board meeting.


Headquartered in Pittsburgh, HarbisonWalker said it is the largest manufacturer of refractory products in the U.S.

HarbisonWalker operates 19 plants and 30 global sourcing centers and technology facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Formerly ANH Refractories, HarbisonWalker International underwent a rebranding in 2015.

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