Special Shapes Refractory Company, Inc.

1100 Industrial Blvd., 35022 Bessemer
Telephone +1 205 4245653-762
Fax +1 205 4243290


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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Glass production/Production Technology
  • 01.02  Auxiliary and operating materials
  • 01.02.01  Refractories

Our products

Product category: Refractories


TANK AZS-100 has been specifically engineered to help combat the wear and premature failure often seen with conventional bonded AZS and fused-cast AZS materials.

TANK AZS-100 is recommended for use in both regenerative and gas-oxy furnace areas such as furnace walls, ports, doghouses, target walls, and flues where corrosive conditions and extreme alkali attack occur.

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Product category: Refractories


TANK AZS-300 utilizes the same, unique bond system as TANK AZS-100, recommended for use in forehearth and melter superstructure applications for container glass, sodium silicate glass and fiber glass.

TANK AZS-300™ is recommended for non-glass contact forehearth superstructure, burner blocks, peephole blocks in sodium silicate glass tanks.

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Product category: Refractories


TANK COAT 45 is a bonded AZS refractory product based on a unique, Special Shapes developed fused AZS grain.

This unique raw material formulation has allowed TANK COAT 45 to be one of the most versatile Al₂O₃/ZrO₂/SiO₂ refractory materials offered to the Glass Industry. TANK COAT 45 is manufactured in custom engineered shapes for both hot and cold repairs.

TANK COAT 45 with its unique AZS grain structure gives the following benefits:

-Excellent Thermal Shock Properties
-Low Porosity
-High Electrical Resistivity Characteristics
-Very Good Glass Corrosion Properties
-Maintains same Physical and Chemistry Properties no matter what shape and size it is manufactured to
-Short lead times

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Product category: Refractories


CHANNEL CAST XTR™ is a sintered Tabular Alumina refractory product based on pure, 99%+ Al₂O₃ with extremely low impurities.

CHANNEL CAST XTR’s superior glass corrosion and low glass defect potential properties make it an excellent choice for glass melting refining and conditioning applications.

CHANNEL CAST XTR with it’s very high purity Al₂O₃ grain structure offers:

-Low porosity
-Extremely low permeability
-Excellent thermal shock resistance
-Low thermal conductivity properties

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Product category: Refractories


TANK AZS 35-HP™ is our new, “hot repair” AZS product utilizing a high purity AZS grain structure and newly developed bond system that improves alkali resistance while maintaining low thermal conductivity, straight line co-efficient characteristics and large shape capabilities for hot repair applications.

TANK AZS 35-HP is recommended for HOT repair use (with no pre-heating required) in both regenerative and gas-oxy furnace superstructure applications where operating conditions dictate improved properties over conventional bonded AZS and fused-cast AZS materials. For furnace walls, mantle blocks, skimmer blocks, doghouse arches, burner blocks, and peephole blocks.

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About us

Company details

Wally Evans, President, Special Shapes Refractory Company, discusses the company's 25-year history.
Special Shapes Refractory Company is a privately-held, family-owned business founded in 1987. From the very beginning, we set a goal to be a refractory company that could skillfully craft pre-cast refractory shapes quickly without sacrificing quality. This fundamental goal continues to be the cornerstone for the successful growth of our company.Today, SSRC operates a 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility with sales representatives located in Bessemer, AL, Baltimore, MD and Pittsburgh, PA.

Our company's number one capability is vibrocasting unique engineered pre-cast refractory shapes. We offer quick turnaround times and short lead times for emergency hot and cold repairs.

We cast shapes for all of the major glass producers here in the United States, NAFTA region and overseas markets.

While our focus is on glassmakers, we offer products for use in any heat processing industry including aluminum and steel foundries and petrochemical manufacturers.

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