Harbison-Walker Refractories Company

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Harbison-Walker Refractories Company
Harbison-Walker engine repair house.jpg
Harbison-Walker engine repair house, May 1989
Harbison-Walker Refractories Company is located in Pennsylvania
Harbison-Walker Refractories Company
Harbison-Walker Refractories Company is located in the US
Harbison-Walker Refractories Company
Location W. Shirley St., Mount Union, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°23′10″N 77°53′23″W / 40.38611°N 77.88972°W / 40.38611; -77.88972Coordinates: 40°23′10″N 77°53′23″W / 40.38611°N 77.88972°W / 40.38611; -77.88972
Area 21 acres (8.5 ha)
Built 1899, 1905
MPS Industrial Resources of Huntingdon County, 1780--1939 MPS
NRHP Reference # 90000392[1]
Added to NRHP March 20, 1990

Harbison-Walker Refractories Company, originally known as W.H. Haws Refractories Company, was a Pittsburgh-based company founded in 1902 and merged into Dresser Industries in 1967.[2]

The company was part of the Fortune 500 from 1955 until 1967.[3]

In 2015 a successor company in Pittsburgh adopted the Harbison-Walker name and brand as its own.[4]

A national historic district and historic refractory brick manufacturing complex located at Mount Union in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. It consists of 14 contributing buildings and 27 contributing structures. They were built in two sections; the No. 2 works date to 1899 and the No. 1 works date to 1905. Principal buildings and structures include brick kilns; mixing, molding, and drying facilities; storage and shipping sheds; a pattern making building; and crushing and screening facilities.[5]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It is located in the Mount Union Historic District, established in 1994.[1]


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