The Board of Directors of HarbisonWalker International has signed an agreement to be acquired by Platinum Equity, a global investment firm operating companies in a broad range of business markets. The acquisition plan ensures HWI's continued growth and leadership in refractory products and services.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

"This is excellent news for our employees, customers, and communities. Platinum Equity supports our intent to continue driving HWI forward into an unprecedented new era of growth. Over the past several years in North America and throughout our global operations, we've built operational excellence, differentiated ourselves through our supply reliability, and delivered the deepest and widest offerings of refractory products and expertise. Our new owner is wholly aligned with our leadership team's vision to aggressively accelerate investments in our business. We are poised to capitalize on the momentum that our team of employees has built together," said Carol Jackson, chairman and CEO, HarbisonWalker International.

"HarbisonWalker has built an impressive organization, and we have deep respect for the company's legacy, culture, and commitment to serving its customers. We are excited to continue investing in its growth," said Platinum Equity partner Louis Samson.

In July, Platinum Equity announced plans to acquire Imerys SA's High Temperature Solutions business (HTS), a provider of refractory solutions serving more than 6,000 customers primarily in Europe and Asia, in a transaction that is expected to close by the end of the year. Once both acquisitions have been completed, HWI and HTS will combine into a global business with increased reach and scale.

"HWI's presence in North America complements HTS's business in Europe and Asia," added Mr. Samson. "Their product portfolios are also highly complementary and will create a comprehensive, well-rounded offering of brick and powder-based refractories for a global customer base. We expect the combination to immediately open up new avenues for growth on both sides."

Platinum Equity said it will seek additional opportunities to help the combined company grow both organically and through additional acquisitions in key product areas and geographies.

"The refractories industry is highly fragmented, and this combination will create a global platform with meaningful opportunities to further expand," said Platinum Equity Managing Director Malik Vorderwuelbecke. "We are excited about the prospects in this space and look forward to putting our M&A and operational resources to work."