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About SSRC

Since 1987, Special Shapes Refractory Company (SSRC) has provided the highest quality precision precast shapes. We set the quality standard for constructing, operating, and maintaining glass furnaces. We identify refractory wear mechanisms and develop refractory solutions across multiple segments.

Our superstructure monolithic refractory materials and precast shapes meet the industrial application and product specification needs of major glass manufacturers and other industries worldwide. And every SSRC product is crafted with the highest degree of material purity and customized for almost any shape.

SSRC is a privately held, family-owned business based in Bessemer, Alabama.

Industries We Support

Minerals Processing
Oil Refining
Chemical Processing
Power Generation

Core Values

Our core values are the heart of our organization and the measure of our success. We do what is right, every time, for every customer by coming together as a group of absolutely dedicated professionals.

Means More

Focus and


Genuine Care
for Customers

Consistency in

Our Process

Value, speed, and purity are the hallmarks of every SSRC product. We work closely with every customer to ensure they get the best possible solution. Every project begins with an onsite walkthrough or discovery meeting, moves to solutions and recommendations, and is backed by our legacy of unwavering accountability, support, and service.

Infographic of our process

“Special Shapes is one of the more innovative companies I deal with. Their solutions have helped reduce installation costs. Their larger shape designs reduce joints, thus make a tighter, more fuel-efficient tank.”

Our Team

Joe Fretz
Joe Fretz
Fostoria, OH

Senior Sales Manager

Andrew Pea
Andrew Pea
Columbus, OH

Senior Sales Manager

Fábio Bernardo
Fábio Bernardo
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Exclusive Sales Agent

Keith Margavio
Keith Margavio

Southern Sales Manager