Vesuvius traces its beginning back to 1916 when Arthur J. Jackman, Charles F. Covert Arensberg, and Francis L. Arensberg founded the Vesuvius Crucible Company in Pittsburg, the United States of America. Primarily, the company produced stopper heads that were essential for companies operating in the steel industry. The company leveraged its innovative touch to grow, including the invention of ROTOLOK, a solution that was essential in controlling the flow of molten steel. Vesuvius entered the U.K. market after acquiring Foseco, a company that had established its hold on the U.K. foundry business.
Presently, Vesuvius has worldwide operations where it provides products, services, and systems focused on design, manufacturing, and refractory material sectors. Most of the customers for the products and services are industrial organizations. The foundry segment of the company offers equipment and consumables used in the industry. On the other hand, the steel segment provides non-ferrous metals for a variety of uses. Vesuvius has its headquarters in London and trades on the LSE as VSVS.