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Buffalo Business First Best Places to Work 2024

Vanocur Refractories® Awarded Buffalo Business First Best Places to Work 2024

February 2024

Vanocur Refractories®, LLC is honored to receive one of Buffalo Business First's 'Best Places to Work in 2024' Award!

We attribute this accomplishment to our whole team who supports each other and has created an environment that we are all proud to be a part of.

Vanocur Refractories® Protects Its Patented “Big BLOCK” Technology By Filing A Patent-Infringement Complaint Against Fosbel Inc. 

October 2023

Vanocur Refractories (“Vanocur”), a worldwide leader in coke-oven refractory design, repair, and installation, has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Fosbel Inc. (“Fosbel”).  The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for Western New York, alleges Fosbel is infringing on Vanocur’s patented “Big BLOCK” technology.  Continue Reading...


Celebrating 10 Years!

February 2021

Vanocur Refractories® is proudly celebrating 10 Years of no lost time accidents as of February 2021!

Sustainability Award 2020

Manufacturing Awards 2020

November 2020

Vanocur® is excited to share that we have received the Sustainability Manufacturing Award from Buffalo Business First. Thank you for the recognition and community support!

Customized Foam Panels

Vanocur® Manufactures Foam Panels & More!

June 2019

Check out a recent order from a customer of ours for Customized Foam Panels for a structure built in the Toronto area. With our routing and foam cutting capabilities, we are doing more with Styrofoam than ever before!

If you have a need for customized foam panels, or perhaps foam for packing or insulation uses, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Chances are we can manufacture to your specifications!



Tonawanda manufacturer honored at annual awards ceremony

BUFFALO, NY (May 18) – Tonawanda-based manufacturer Vanocur Refractories® was honored on May 11 by the Small Business Administration Buffalo District as 2018 Exporter of the Year, in its annual Small Business Awards ceremony.


“On behalf of the 40 employees who keep our operations running every day in Western New York, I am honored to have been recognized for our export proficiencies and success,” said Paul Saffrin, Vanocur® CEO. “Many don’t know this, but the Buffalo Niagara region extends its reach into all parts of the global economy, and we’re pleased to not only be a part of it, but to be acknowledged for our successful practices.”


Vanocur Refractories® supply the coke and steel industry with revolutionary innovations and expertise in oven design to reduce costs attributed to down time, labor, and future maintenance repairs all while assuring quality, safety and client satisfaction. Utilizing their patented technology, the Modular Cast Block (MCB), along with personalized solutions, Vanocur® is the worldwide leader in coke oven refractory design, repair, and installation.


SBA’s Small Business Exporter of the Year recognizes individuals for their success and dedication to exporting products or services. As part of National and District Small Business Week each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration highlights the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and community members from all 50 states and U.S. territories through its awards program.

Shaking Hands
Recapping 2017

Joe O'Hara November 2017

Vanocur Refractories® has been very busy and we are thankful for all of our current and new customers who have come on board in 2017. As always, we look forward to our continued business relationships with all customers in 2018 and beyond! Vanocur Refractories® would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and wonderful holiday season!

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Happy New Year 2015

Joe O'Hara January 2015


We wanted to wish a very Happy New Year to all our Customers and Vendors!

We just wrapped up a busy year at Vanocur Refractories® in 2014 and 2015 is
shaping up to be just as busy.

In 2014, we branched out to more "first-time" customers. We are now
installing our patented big block™ modules at NSSMC, Kimitsu Works in Japan,
working closely with HeatTeq and Mitsui & Company Plant Systems on this
project. We also installed our modules for the first time at the Monessen
Coke Plant in nearby Pennsylvania, USA.  A sincere thank you to these new
customers for trusting in our quality product.

This Spring, we will be attending and presenting at the 2015 Euro Coke
Convention in the Netherlands in April. Come and see Joe and Paul at
the show. Let us discuss some of our most up-to-date designs, such as our
combined Horizontal/Slider/Transition module. Remember that our big block
solution greatly reduces repair times for our customers!

Big Block Solutions
New Patents

Paul Saffrin October 2012


Vanocur Refractories® is proud to announce another round of patents has been approved.  We currently have multiple patents in fifteen countries.
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Latest Projects

​Paul Saffrin November 2012

In 2012, Vanocur Refractories'® modules were installed in three separate facilities with two projects currently in the installation phase.

Vanocur® Global
Paul Saffrin November 2012

In an ever changing world, Vanocur® has been able to assist companies in the United States, Canada, South Africa, and the Netherlands in rebuilding their oven walls quickly, safely, cost effectively, and environmentally compliant. 
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