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HarbisonWalker selects location for new manufacturing facility

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HarbisonWalker International has selected The Point Industrial Park in South Point, LawrenceCountry, Ohio, as the location for construction of its new, state-of-the-art monolithic refractories manufacturing facility. The site is subject to the completion of the company’s due diligence and finalisation of one additional grant application that is in process.

The new facility, which was announced in February, represents a US$30 million and will be one of the most technologically advanced refractories plants built in the US. It will be operational by early 2018.

The Point is one of northern Kentucky/southern Ohio’s fastest-growing industrial parks, and is strategically positioned to provide HarbisonWalker with the capability to move its monolithics from the southern-most point in Ohio to any location around the globe. Set on a section of the Ohio River that is the largest weight/volume inland port in the US, The Point invested US4.5 million to build a port that offers direct links to destinations around the world at the lowest possible price. Additional benefits include the only public rail and truck scales in the area, a utility and road infrastructure built for heavy manufacturing and a four-lane rollout to Interstate 64. Plans are also underway for a US$20 million wellness centre and R&D facility.

“Unlike any other location, The Point offers unique transportation, logistics and business amenities that combine to create an ideal and cost-effective match for the requirements of our new facility. The intermodal transportation features at The Point will ensure efficient delivery of raw materials from nearby suppliers and finished products to customers. The site offers efficiencies that are simply not possible elsewhere,” said Douglas Hall, senior vice president, Integrated Supply Chain, HarbisonWalker International.

Its close proximity to suppliers, a supporting infrastructure, incentives and the potential for long-term partnerships in the area, also influenced the location selection.

“HarbisonWalker International’s progressive attitudes, commitment to its workforce and customers, and emphasis on quality and technology are a perfect fit with our overall approach. We’re so pleased to welcome such an exciting and dynamic company to The Point,” said Bill Dingus, executive director of the Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), developers of The Point.

“We are delighted that HarbisonWalker International chose South Point for its new state-of-the-art monolithic refractories manufacturing facility. The site’s excellent road, river and rail transportation assets were a major factor in the decision to make the investment here”, commented John Molinaro, president and CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), the region’s JobsOhio partner.

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