Meet our Team - Jason Wetmore, Sales & Marketing Manager

Jason Wetmore, Sales and Marketing Manager

Jason Wetmore, Sales and Marketing Manager

Jason has been with Upstate Refractory Services, Inc. since 2002 when the company was first established.  He is a graduate of SUNY Oswego where he was a Public Relations major.  He has worked in all parts of the company, including installation, manufacturing, production, and sales.  In his role as Sales and Marketing Manager, Jason continues to serve his current customers, build new customers and lead the sales team toward overall growth while working closely with website design and marketing materials for the company.  Jason is a great resource for our team and our customers, has a vast knowledge of refractory materials and techniques, and is a true leader in our company.

Meet our Team - Bryan Wetmore, Production Manager

Bryan Wetmore, Production Manager

Bryan Wetmore, Production Manager

Bryan graduated from Newark High School in 2002.  Afterward, he went to Alfred State earning his Associate's Degree in Applied Science in 2005.  After college, Bryan worked as an auto tech before joining the Upstate Refractory Services, Inc. team. 

Bryan started out as the Warehouse Manager, which included controlling inventory, pulling orders for both in house work and field construction jobs, fulfilling materials sales orders for customers, and arranging logistics for shipping. 

About 2 years ago, Bryan became the Production Manager for the in house services at Upstate Refractory Services, Inc. He is in charge of the fabrication, fiber, form, and cast departments , and manages the dryout and product completion schedules. 

He believes in a hands on approach with training that helps people understand how things work and why it's done a certain way.  He manages up to 30 people to strategically and seamlessly complete customer orders on schedule. He has a way to listening to all ideas and incorporating research and development to continually improve quality as well as streamlining processes. Its amazing how little changes make such a big difference. Bryan is a great leader and motivator for our production crew.  

Meet our Team - Stephanie Scheib

At Upstate Refractory Services, Inc. we feel that our employees are our most valuable asset. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing our team members.

Today we start with:


Stephanie Scheib, Process Engineer

Stephanie is a graduate of Alfred University, School of Engineering.  Her background in engineering, quality control, and hands on production made her a perfect fit in our company.  In her role as a Process Engineer at Upstate Refractory Services, Inc., Stephanie helps to design, draw, and estimate projects for customers.  She oversees the quality control program within the company and helps to guide workflow in our manufacturing shop.  Stephanie has been a quick learner in our niche organization and her eye for detail makes her a great asset for our team. 

Upstate Refractory Services of Newark, NY Acquires Hanyan-Higgins Company Inc.

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Contact: Krista Nolan 


Upstate Refractory Services of Newark, NY Acquires Hanyan-Higgins Company Inc.

NEWARK, NY, MARCH 7, 2018 – Upstate Refractory Services (URS), a full-service contractor, installer and distributor of refractory materials in Newark, NY, announced their acquisition of the assets of Hanyan-Higgins Company Inc., a refractory sales and service business providing services to industrial, commercial and municipal customers for nearly 90 years.

Through this asset acquisition, URS will see a significant development in their construction capabilities as well as the expansion into three new locations, including Syracuse, Albany and Massena.

Remarking on the acquisition, URS President, Dave Wetmore stated, “We are delighted to have purchased the assets of Hanyan-Higgins Company. We’re proud to carry on their history of service and commitment provided to customers, and look forward to continued growth as a result of this purchase.”

Hanyan-Higgins Company Inc. has been a distributor of Plibrico refractory products for over 60 years, and with this acquisition, URS will continue to offer Plibricco across upstate, central, and western NY. Additionally, owners John and Dave Higgins of Hanyan-Higgins as well as the core employees will now work under URS.

With this acquisition, URS will have a total of over 300 years of refractory industry experience among employees. As this merger takes place, customers of Hanyan-Higgins will not experience any interruptions in their services.

About Upstate Refractory Services:

Upstate Refractory Services (URS) has been providing customers with cost-effective solutions to refractory related problems since 2002. Over the years, URS has been specializing in engineered precast refractory shapes, stack bonded ceramic fiber panels used in furnace roofs, walls and doors, refractory relines and repairs, and distribution of refractory materials. Custom design industrial furnaces and control systems are also part of their product offering.

About Hanyan-Higgins:


Founded in 1929, the Hanyan-Higgins Company Inc. has been providing refractory sales and service to industrial, commercial and municipal customers for nearly 90 years. Having the turnkey capability to provide customers with single source responsibility, they have experience in all refractory installation methods. Keeping sufficient stores of refractories on hand to be able to respond to customers’ immediate needs, their goal has always been to acquire the best equipment in order to provide the best service, which in turn provides customers with the best value possible.