HarbisonWalker International launches OVENZZ™

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NSF certification enables food producers to benefit from industry-leading refractory components for high quality brick ovens


The OVENZZ line includes highly durable firebrick, refractory cement and mortar, all certified by NSF International to standards for food equipment and food contact.

Now the most discerning chefs can benefit from the highest performing brick oven materials for quick-bake pizza, breads and other foods. HarbisonWalker International (HWI), the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the U.S., today announced that it has launched OVENZZ™, an NSF International certified product line of firebricks and refractory ceramic material solutions for suppliers, designers, and builders of commercial or residential brick ovens.

“We’re thrilled to apply our 150-plus years of refractories expertise to address the food industry’s top trends and ongoing needs,” said Carol Jackson, senior vice-president and general manager at Harbison Walker International. “Consumers are craving authentic food preparation, customized fast pizzas, artisan breads and fire roasted, even charred foods. In response, we created the OVENZZ line through our deep experience in working with virtually every industry that requires exceptional performance in high-temperature environments. It’s a proven, scalable solution for everyone from the outdoor oven home cook, to food trucks, restaurants and major manufacturers.”

The OVENZZ line includes highly durable firebrick, refractory cement and mortar, all of which are certified by NSF International to meet American National Standard/NSF International Standard 51 for food equipment material use and approved contact with food. Using OVENZZ products translates into faster oven heating and cooking times and even heat distribution that improves baking performance. Foods cook faster and taste better. The products allow for strong thermal efficiency and high performance heating that can also save costs over the life of the oven.

“Because we are a leading supplier of refractory products and services in North America and globally, our OVENZZ line is readily available through any of our numerous global sourcing centers strategically located throughout the United States,” noted Benjamin Stanton, manager, new business development at HarbisonWalker International. “In addition, our team has exceptionally deep knowledge and expertise in the engineering and application of refractory solutions.”

OVENZZ is one of the few product solutions to offer 360-degree interior coverage across floors, walls, and ceilings. The line’s full interior refractory applications improve thermal efficiency while the oven is in use. Further, the refractory solutions minimize heat loss, even with constant opening and closing of oven doors. Related products from HarbisonWalker International also include ceramic fiber blankets and bulk fiber products that help keep oven exteriors cool, improving baking environment safety.

The complete line of OVENZZ solutions makes it possible to construct a variety of oven shapes, sizes and designs that are both high performing and safe:

  • OVENZZ™ BRICK — ASTM C27 super-duty firebrick, available in numerous shapes and sizes. This product is high fired and requires no priming.
  • OVENZZ™ LW CAST — lightweight, insulating castable refractory with extraordinary strength and excellent insulating properties. Suitable for casting shapes, pouring in place, and filling large cracks and holes. It provides a more thermal-efficient solution than dense products. It’s made with GREENLITE® aggregate, a higher-strength insulating product.
  • OVENZZ™ CAST — fireclay-based, cement-bonded, dense castable refractory. Suitable for casting shapes, pouring in place, and filling large cracks and holes.
  • OVENZZ™ MORTAR — high-alumina, air-setting refractory mortar that is ideal for troweling.

For more information about OVENZZ, visit http://ovenzzrefractory.com Or, call HarbisonWalker International at (800) 887-5555 to immediately be connected to the global sourcing center nearest you.

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About HarbisonWalker International
With more than 150 years of industry leadership, HarbisonWalker International (HWI) is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company’s international network spans North America, Europe, and Asia, with 19 manufacturing plants, 30 global sourcing centers, and technology facilities in both the United States and China. Serving virtually every major industry that requires refractory solutions to enhance production and protect assets, HWI is consistently recognized for its talented experts, industry firsts, and intensely driven excellence. Visit http://thinkhwi.com

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