It’s hard to believe, but this year is our 20th year in business! Upstate Refractory Services, Inc. started as a small team working out of a rented office and warehouse building, to a thriving business with state of the are technology and a reputation for success and quality in the industry.

To celebrate, we invited our customers, vendors, associates, and business supporters to an open house which included facility tours. We are so thankful to those who took the time to come and celebrate with us. We could not have the success we have had without each and every one of you. We received some commemorative plaques and recognition from our partners at Plibrico as well as from NYS Senator Pamela Helming.

We also celebrated with our employees. We held our annual picnic at the Newark headquarters this year. We invited employees and their families to join us for BBQ, bounce houses, and to show their families around the facility. The weather was not wonderful, but we still had a great time. There wasn’t a second when the bounce houses were not occupied by kids (and maybe a few adults) from the moment they were blown up until the moment they were packed away. The BBQ was served by Bad to the Bone BBQ and it was absolutely delicious!

We also did a fun trivia challenge outlining some of the details of the last 20 years in business. Mike Parker, who has been in many positions at URS from laborer and now in sales, tied Bobby Vazquez, who also grew from laborer into Cast Team Leader, in most correct answers. Thank you to our employees – we could not be where we are without each and every one of you.