US refractory supplier HarbisonWalker International (HWI) has selected The Point Industrial Park in South Point, Lawrence County, Ohio as the location for construction of its new monolithic refractories manufacturing facility.

HWI said the $30 million facility will be one of the most technologically advanced refractories plants built in the US and will be operational by early 2018.

Initial capacity at the plant will be 80,000 tonnes per year and groundbreaking for the facility is expected to start this summer.

The Point is one of Ohio’s fastest-growing industrial parks and encompasses 50 acres in the south of the state. The site is positioned to provide HWI with the capability to move its monolithics from the southern-most point in Ohio to any location around the globe.

Set on the section of the Ohio River that is the largest weight/volume inland port in the United States, The Point invested $4.5 million to build a port that offers a direct link to destinations around the world at the lowest possible price.

Douglas Hall, senior vice president, Integrated Supply Chain, HarbisonWalker International, said: “Unlike any other location, The Point offers transportation, logistics and business amenities that combine to create an ideal and cost-effective match for the requirements of our new facility.”