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Our Mission

Provide the steel and ferrous metal industry with yield-improvement solutions and monolithic specialty refractories through needs-based customer relationships and decades of experience.

Who We Are

Walter R. Sylvester acquired Universal Refractories, Inc. in 1983, and since the mid-1990’s┬áthe Sylvester family has had sole ownership of the company. One of the benefits of being a family-owned manufacturing company is our organization’s unique ability to operate on a long-term strategic focus, mitigating knee-jerk reactions to volatile markets.

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What We Make

Universal Refractories, Inc. manufactures a complete line of yield-improvement and monolithic specialty refractory performance solutions from our three facilities located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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