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Car Bottom Shuttle Kiln

It was great to watch this go down the road! URS designed and manufactured this car bottom shuttle kiln for a ceramics manufacturer in Ohio. The finished furnace shipped out today. Pictured here is 1 of the 3 loads. We took this project from concept to installation, including structural steel, combustion system, controls, and refractory […]

Safety Day 2020

On Friday, January 10th, we held our annual safety day meeting. We spent the day training and refreshing on all of our safety programs, addressing issues and concerns both in our manufacturing shop and what we may encounter on a field installation. Safety is very important to URS as a company. Getting together for our […]

Crafting for a Cause

We had the opportunity to partner with one of our vendors, Plibrico Company, to complete Happy Craft Project Kits for the children and families receiving care at Shriners Hospital for Children. We took two days out of work and had volunteers come together to assemble the kits. It was a great team building opportunity for […]

Celebrating Together

On Friday, 12/6, we gathered to another great year. We shared a catered meal, pies baked by our VP, Diane, and enjoyed having our whole crew together! We can’t often get everyone in one place, but when we can it’s really a joy. We truly have a great group of employees. It was nice to […]

URS Family Picnic

In August, Upstate Refractory Services, Inc. held a family picnic at Seneca Lake State Park. We celebrated with families, gave school supplies to kids heading back to school, and reusable shopping bags to employees and their families. We enjoyed a great meal and desserts and played at the park and in the spray park! Upstate […]

Quality Work Matters

We have been experimenting with different forming techniques in our manufacturing shop lately. The difference in these two pieces is incredible! They were poured from the same batch of material, cast at the same time, just formed differently. We have been looking for the best techniques, experimenting with release materials, and procedures to produce the […]

Precast Refractory Shapes

We completed another round of precast refractory shapes that are ready to deliver to our customer.  This is a small percentage of the current order. We worked closely with our customer to optimize the design, draw the shapes, and form and manufacture them in house. The shapes went through our in house dryout ovens and […]

Ceramic Fiber Furnace Door

This is a stack bonded ceramic fiber lined door using Unifrax Durablanket ceramic fiber with 40% compression. The door will be coated with Unifrax Silplate Mass 1500 coating, which will be heat cured prior to delivery to the customer. Silplate Mass 1500 is a unique product that adds a great deal of durability to the […]

Golf Outing 2019

On Saturday, July 20th, employees from Upstate Refractory Services held their annual golf outing at Big Oak in Geneva, NY. We did a 9 hole scramble with 7 teams participating. Afterward we had lunch and celebrated another great year. The team with the best score included Jason Wetmore, Alison Kirsch, Mike Parker, and Krista Nolan. […]

Meet our Team – Jason Wetmore, Sales & 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 […]