Special Shapes Refractory Company is a privately-held, family-owned business founded in 1987. We operate a 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility with sales representatives located in Bessemer, AL, Baltimore, MD and Pittsburgh, PA.


Our goal is to increase our customer’s bottom line by providing world class refractory solutions with superior response times, quality, and on time delivery!

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TANK AZS-100™ is our newest, high purity AZS superstructure product that utilizes an industry first bond system.

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

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TANK COAT 45™ is a bonded AZS refractory product based on a unique fused AZS grain.

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Latest News from Special Shapes Refractory Company

  • (Photo: CARY NORTON) Luke Evans and his dad, company founder Wally Evans, on the factory floor — where every Special Shapes Refractory employee starts work with the company.

    Jim Power Named SSRC Materials Manager

    February 11, 2015 – BIRMINGHAM, AL – Special Shapes Refractory Co., Inc. (www.ssrco.com), the leading provider of world class refractory products to furnace operators around the globe, announced that it has added Jim Power to the staff at the company’s Bessemer, Alabama, headquarters.

  • (Photo: CARY NORTON) Luke Evans and his dad, company founder Wally Evans, on the factory floor — where every Special Shapes Refractory employee starts work with the company.

    Larry Davis Brings Skills, Expertise to SSRC

    February 4, 2015 – BIRMINGHAM, AL – Special Shapes Refractory Co., Inc. (www.ssrco.com), the leading provider of world class refractory products to furnace operators around the globe, announced that it has added Larry Davis to the staff at the company’s Bessemer, Alabama, headquarters.

  • (Photo: CARY NORTON) Luke Evans and his dad, company founder Wally Evans, on the factory floor — where every Special Shapes Refractory employee starts work with the company.

    Phoenix Award Winner 2014: Mr G. Clinton Shay

    G. Clinton Shay, co-inventor of Corning’s Fusion process, has been honored with the 2014 44th Phoenix Award, the ‘Glass Person of the Year’. Greg Morris spoke exclusively to Mr. Shay about his career in the glass industry and attended a gala dinner held on his behalf in Roanoke, USA.

SPECIAL SHAPES REFRACTORY CO., INC | 1100 Industrial Boulevard • Bessemer, AL 35022 | Phone: (205) 424-5653 | Fax: (205) 424-3290