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How the Bidding Process has Changed

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Bidding process changes risk quality and performance, costing refractory contractors and customers more over time within the glass, metals, and petrochemical industries.
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Marketing in the New Norm

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What does marketing in the new norm mean? As the economy begins to emerge from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic, a “new norm” in marketing is emerging with it. That new norm has its roots in the days of the stay-at-home orders that restrained the entire country, save a...
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ARC Is Committed to Health and Safety. We Are in This Together.

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At this time, Allstates Refractory Contractors LLC is focused on the health and well-being of our employees and our customers as it relates to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While there is still so much unknown, we are continuing to monitor the situation in real-time...
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A Bright Outlook for the Year Ahead (2019)

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HEADQUARTERS | Our outlook for 2019 is exceedingly bright, with several projects being contemplated in first and second quarter and others to be spread out over the remaining 2 quarters, including a rebuild of a lining in a Petrochemical SOGB that we redesigned, supplied...
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Good Performance and Growth in 2018

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HEADQUARTERS | 2018 has been a year of good performance and growth. We have had the pleasure of working for new customers and continuing to extend our services to clients who have relied on us over the years. Still ahead, our heat treat group has two projects in Ohio starting...
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ARC Performs Challenging Rebuild for Oxy Chemical

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MOBILE, AL | This was a challenging project due to the fact that the project required a significant amount of additional work. However, it was completed without incident, only a couple of days delay and with a substantial quality performance on ARC’s part. ■
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ARC Performs Successful Roller Hearth Rebuild for Rotorclip

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NEW JERSEY | ARC performed another successful rebuild with an on-time completion, without any safety issues and a request that we do the upcoming rebuild on another unit at this plant. ■
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ARC Performs Hot Rebuild of Exhaust Stack for Knauf

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LANETTE, AL | This project was, as most hot repair projects tend to be, a challenge to our ability to install a closure of the main exhaust stack, tear down that structure, replace all the refractory from the bottom to the transition to the steel exhaust stack out of the...
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ARC Performs Several Repairs and Rebuilds in the Metals and Heat Treat Industries

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HIGHLIGHTS | ARC has performed several repairs and rebuilds in the metals industry in recent months throughout 2018. ■ Cascade Corporation – Repair of a walking beam furnace zone division walls and replacement of walking and stationary beams as necessary. ■ Rotoclip Corporation...
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ARC Performs Minor Repairs to a SOGB at Ashland Specialty Ingredients

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ASHLAND, OH | ARC performed minor repairs to a SOGB where ARC had installed an ARC/Wahl Refractories redesigned lining in 2012. This redesigned lining had gone well beyond the anticipated life expectancy and is now set for a complete rebuild in 2019. ■ ARC is the go to...
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ARC Responds to Two Emergency Calls for Assistance for Fiberglass Client

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SPOTLIGHT | As has been our commitment to our customers, ARC responded to two emergency calls for assistance from one of our fiberglass clients. These instances were created by unforeseen circumstances and both were in different locations (states). ARC responded with a...
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The Challenge in Building a Qualified Workforce in a Burgeoning Economy

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As a result of the burgeoning economy and the waning workforce, especially in the construction trades area, I think it is imperative to offer some items of advice to project coordinators and management. ARC is finding that the availability of “qualified” tradesmen is declining...
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ARC Installs Refractory Overcoat to Throat Cover Blocks at Holophane

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TOLEDO, OHIO | The furnace at Holophane had developed a worn throat over time. ARC was hired to provide and install a refractory overcoat for the cover blocks in the throat. The refractory was located and cut to fit by RMS in Butler, PA and the hot installation was accomplished...
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ARC Assists AO Smith with Modernization of Frit Melting Operations

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FLORENCE, KENTUCKY | AO Smith the world’s premier water heater manufacturer came to ARC to supply recommendations, engineering, design and construction for their captive glass frit operations in Florence, KY. Their goal was to enhance glass production, lower cost and extend...
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ARC Performs Refractory and Steel Repairs to Walking Beam Furnace at Cascade Corporation

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FINDLAY, OHIO | ARC performed both refractory and steel repairs to the walking beam furnace and the temper furnace at Cascade Corporation, Findlay Ohio. The work was completed during Cascade’s summer shutdown, on time and under budget. The work consisted of replacing multiple...
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ARC Performs Reline of Surface Combustion Allcase for American Steel Treating

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PERRYSBURG, OHIO | This project was a reline of an older 36-48-36 Surface Combustion Allcase. ARC provided the materials, labor, supervision and equipment to complete the project. This project came up on short notice and as a result of the warehouse stock and excellent vendor...
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ARC Assists Ashland Chemical in Updating BDO Lining and Operations

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DUBLIN, OHIO | Long time customer Ashland Specialty Chemicals (formerly ISP) has solicited ARC to investigate the potential to reline their current BDO, which ARC had redesigned a new lining for in 2012, with a better refractory choice for their intermittent operation schedule....
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ARC Responds to Emergency Furnace Repair at Rassini Chassis Systems, Inc.

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MONTPELIER, OHIO Recently, ARC responded to an emergency at Rassini Chassis Systems in Montpelier, Ohio. ARC supplied labor and material for the repair of steel and refractory on the ceiling of a high heat furnace. ■
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ARC Performs Complete Rebuild of Furnace at ESCO Corporation / Bucyrus Blades

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BUCYRUS, OHIO | In January 2018, ARC performed a complete rebuild of the Walking Beam Furnace in Bucyrus, Ohio. Loren Angel and his team successfully completed the job two days ahead of schedule, allowing ESCO to begin production sooner than anticipated. ■
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ARC Performs Emergency Repair of Fiberglass Furnace at Knauf Insulation

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ALBION, MICHIGAN | Continuing the relationship with Knauf Insulation, ARC responded to a critical situation at the Knauf plant in Albion, Michigan, requiring an emergency repair of the fiberglass furnace. ■ We contacted Allstates Refractory Contractors after a power outage. The...
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ARC Replaces Oven Floor at Johns Manville Defiance Plant

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DEFIANCE, OHIO | Working with the dynamic group at Genesys, ARC demolished and replaced the oven floor at the Johns Manville plant in Defiance, Ohio. ■
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ARC Performs a Major Build of Redesigned Fiberglass Production Line at Knauf Insulation

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INWOOD, WEST VIRGINIA | ARC is performs a major build of a redesigned fiberglass production line at Knauf Insulation in Inwood, WV. Rick Smith, VP Operations, leads the project with a crew of 26 along with a team of subcontractors. The project is expected to span 5 months,...
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David Boothe Recipient of 2017 BTU Award

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LEXINGTON KY | ARC is pleased to announce that President David Boothe was the honored recipient of the 2017 BTU (Business & Technology United) Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Glass Industry, awarded at the Hotbels Conference in Lexington, KY on April 25 - 26, 2017....
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Rickey Smith Promoted to VP of Operations

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WATERVILLE, OHIO | We are pleased to announce the promotion of Rick Smith to VP of Operations at Allstates Refractory Contractors. Rick has been with ARC for 20 years, painstakingly climbing the ranks as a Health and Safety Professional with Train the Trainer status as a result...
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ARC Completes Major Rebuild For Pilkington, North America

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ROSSFORD OHIO | Allstates Refractory Contractors is proud to announce the completion of a major rebuild at Pilkington, North America located in Rossford, Ohio. The multi-million dollar project began in June 2016 and ended with the completion and startup of an oxy-fuel fired...
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