John Freeman

John Freeman

 

BSCeramics, 1957

 

Freeman is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and the owner and president of Cer-Met, Inc. for more than 40 years. This family-based wholesale company is located in Charlotte, NC and manufactures and installs refractories and other high-temperature materials. Freeman oversees all of the company’s projects, which include providing refractory and high temperature insulating materials to a wide range of clients – typically any operation that uses furnaces for processing materials or boilers in utilities. Upon graduating from NC State, he chose for employment the largest and most advanced refractory company in the country. Harbison-Walker Refractories Company in Pittsburgh, at the time was known for being among the nation’s largest producer of the most technically advanced refractories – heat-resistant materials that make up the linings of high-temperature structures such as furnaces and reactors. He worked for the company for about 12 years, ascending to the rank of applications engineer and gaining experience in refractories applications. Next, Freeman sought to satisfy his interest in installing refractories, as he had been visiting sites and supervising installation during his time with Harbison-Walker. He particularly liked the idea of establishing a company in the south and in 1970 created Cer-Met, Inc., which has now been a flourishing business for a little more than four decades. Cer-Met, Inc. has shipped refractory materials to Mexico, Venezuela, Malaysia, India, Russia and many of the Mideast countries. Freeman and his wife, Dolores, have been long-time supporters of NC State and the College of Engineering. To honor Freeman’s parents, they created the Walter and Ida Freeman Distinguished Professorship in the MSE Department at NC State. This professorship has enabled the department to meet one of its greatest needs the ability to recruit and retain outstanding faculty.

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