A Pittsburgh-based business will reactivate the Fairfield facility and hire 50 people
By the end of the year, HarbisonWalker International intends to invest $25 million into a closed Fairfield property, transforming it into a manufacturing, service, and distribution hub for steel customers.
According to the company, the company is planning to hire about 50 people.
The 200,000-square-foot property, located at 2595 Ensley-Pleasant Grove Rd., is expected to begin construction by this spring.
According to the company, initial production will add around 15,000 tonnes per year and ultimately up to 30,000 tonnes as additional equipment is inserted by next year.
HarbisonWalker will begin recruiting in the first quarter of this year and provide training while looking for positions including welders, electricians, and mechanics.
HWI's CEO, Carol Jackson, said the facility is a "item for the delivery of quality refractory products and high-value services to our customers' growing steel operations in the United States." In 2019, HWI's closed its Carbon Bake brick products line, due to production costs and the decline of the North American carbon bake market.
Ron Kitchens, the CEO of Birmingham Business Alliance, said the announcement demonstrates the "fundamentals for manufacturing and distribution success" remain in the Fairfield area of Birmingham.
Kitchens said, Our distribution network and workforce are strong and will provide support for this global businesss future opportunities.