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Sheetz buys Claysburg house

CLAYSBURG — Sheetz has completed the purchase of what is known locally as the historic General Re­frac­to­ries house.

Sheetz purchased the building, built in 1832, from Harbison Walker Re­frac­to­ries in Pittsburgh, which owned the former General Refractories Sproul Plant that closed end of March 2019, according to local historian Rich Allison.

“It has a lot of historical significance. I am glad to hear that Sheetz bought it and hope that it is somehow preserved as a part of Claysburg history,” Allison said.

The future use of the building has not been determined.

“It was purchased due to its adjacent location to our current Sheetz campus and no plans have been made for its use at this time,” said Nick Ruffner, Sheetz spokes­man.

According to Allison, General Refractories built the Sproul Plant and purchased it from the David Reighard estate about 1914. Reighard purchased it in the 1880s after the Shoenberger ironmaking facility was dismantled and sold by family members.

It has always been referred in current times as the General Refractories house and property because the company owned it until its merger with other refractory companies in the 1990s, Allison said.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.

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