ANH Refractories Company, one of the world's leading refractory materials and services providers, is rebranding itself under the name of HarbisonWalker International, effective immediately.

The decision was made following a market research and branding initiative in which one of the company's legacy brands, Harbison-Walker, returned the highest awareness and positive customer perception of all of the company's brands.

The former ANH Family of Companies including A.P. Green Refractories Company, North American Refractories Company, and Harbison-Walker Refractories Company, is known as a knowledgeable leader in the manufacture and supply of refractory products for a wide range of industry applications.

Building on this strong heritage, the new HarbisonWalker International hopes to reinvigorate the strong bond between the company and both its employees and its customers.

"We have hard-working, dedicated employees and generations of loyal customers who have successfully weathered a storm of uncertainty over a number of years," said Stephen M. Delo, Chairman and CEO of HarbisonWalker International.

"With our branding decision and the launch of our new customer-centric mission, vision, and values, we intend to send the message that HWI [HarbisonWalker International] is committed to investing in and growing both our company's future, as well as, that of our partners/customers."

With headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, HarbisonWalker International has a network of 18 manufacturing facilities and 28 distribution centers to serve markets across North America, manufacturing facilities in the U.K., Indonesia, and Mexico, as well as, a lab/testing facility located in China.

Industries served include cement & lime, energy, chemicals, non-ferrous metals, glass, iron & steel, aluminum, copper, hydrocarbon and minerals processing, and environmental technology industries.