We are the largest copper and molybdenum producer in North America. We also have multiple processing facilities throughout the U.S. In the United States, where our mines account for more than one-third of our total copper sales, we operate six copper mines in Arizona and New Mexico—Morenci, Bagdad, Sierrita and Safford in Arizona, and Tyrone and Chino in New Mexico. We have molybdenum mining operations in Colorado at the Henderson mine and the Climax mine, and we produce molybdenum concentrates at several other mine sites, primarily Sierrita, Bagdad and Morenci. With the exception of the Henderson underground mine, all of our sites in the U.S. are open-pit mines.
Our mines in North America account for more than a third of our total copper sales. In the United States, we operate six copper mines—Morenci, Bagdad, Sierrita and Safford in Arizona, and Tyrone and Chino in New Mexico. We have molybdenum mining operations in Colorado at the Henderson mine and the Climax mine, and we produce molybdenum concentrates at several other mine sites, primarily Sierrita, Bagdad and Morenci. With the exception of the Henderson underground mine, all of our sites in the U.S. are open-pit mines.
Along with Morenci, Bagdad is a company-owned town with single-family homes and numerous amenities, including an aquatic center, a golf course and a fitness center. Located 100 miles northwest of Phoenix, Bagdad is home to the world’s first commercial-scale concentrate leach processing facility. The solution extraction/electrowinning (SX/EW) plant here is one of the longest continuously operating plants in the world. Learn more about Bagdad by visiting the town’s website.
One of two company towns, Morenci is nestled in an area known for outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, camping and hunting. The town site includes company housing, a newly constructed day care and community center, health-care facilities, a fitness center, a movie theater and a skate park. The town has its own Parks and Recreation Division dedicated to providing recreational activities for all. For more information about Morenci, visit our town website.
One of the most environmentally advanced copper mines, the Safford mine is a zero-discharge facility that’s been in operation since 2007. Located in southeast Arizona, Safford is close to more than 4 million acres of national forest, offering fishing, rafting, hiking and more. Nearby educational options for you or your family include a Northern Arizona University satellite campus, Eastern Arizona College and the Gila Institute for Technology.
Green Valley, Arizona
Sierrita is a mining complex located 20 miles south of Tucson—Arizona’s second largest city. Our nearby Mine Training Institute provides our people with a new, state-of-the-art training facility that includes classrooms, lab space and simulators. In addition to copper and molybdenum, the mine produces rhenium, a rare and highly valued metal.
The Climax mine, re-commissioned in mid-2012, is located in Leadville, a charming, historic mountain town 100 miles southwest of Denver. Known as North America’s highest incorporated city, Leadville’s elevation is 10,430 feet. The Climax mine is an open-pit operation with a projected mine life of more than 20 years.
Molybdenum mine and mill
Located just 42 miles west of Denver, the Henderson block-cave underground mine is close to spectacular hiking, biking, rafting and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. The mine and mill are connected by a 15-mile conveyor belt that passes underneath the Continental Divide and is the largest conveyor of its kind in the world.
Hurley, New Mexico
The Chino mine is located in southwest New Mexico, just 15 miles from the historic mining community of Silver City. Operations include a 36,300-metric-ton-per-day concentrator producing copper and molybdenum concentrates, as well as a solution extraction/electrowinning facility. After a period of inactivity, mining and milling activities were restarted at the Chino mine in 2011.
Tyrone, New Mexico
Located 10 miles from Silver City, the Tyrone Mine was originally mined by Native American communities for turquoise. After decades as an underground mine, the property began operation as an open pit in 1967. Tyrone’s solution extraction/electrowinning copper processing facilities operate with a maximum capacity of approximately 100 million pounds of copper per year.
Specialty copper products
We produce high-quality specialty copper products for the aerospace, medical and electronics industries. Products range from wire and conductors to billets and specialty copper alloys, including alloy systems that are environmentally green. In 2011, Bayway produced the copper tubing used to light the two water fountains at the World Trade Center memorial in New York.
Climax Technology Center
Molybdenum metals processing plant
The Climax Technology Center is a state-of-the-art metals processing plant located about 16 miles from the Company’s Sierrita mine in southern Arizona. The facility uses the most advanced technologies available for the production of high-purity molybdenum metal powders and pellets used for various applications.
El Paso Rod and Refining
El Paso, Texas
Our rod and refining plant in El Paso, Texas, is a key contributor to our ranking as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of continuous cast copper rod, a main material used in the manufacturing of wire and cable products. The El Paso refinery has the potential to operate at an annual production capacity of about 900 million pounds of copper cathode, which is sufficient to refine all of the copper anode we produce at our Miami, Arizona operation. Our El Paso refinery also produces nickel carbonate, copper telluride and autoclaved slimes material containing gold, silver, platinum and palladium.
Fort Madison Molybdenum Conversion Facility
Fort Madison, Iowa
The Fort Madison chemical plant, operational since late 1977, is an important companion to other conversion and operating facilities of Climax Molybdenum Company, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan. The plant was expanded in 1995, maintaining its status as the largest facility of its type in the world. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in southeast Iowa, the Fort Madison facility is the world’s largest and highest-quality producer of lubricant grade molybdenum disulfide, sublimed pure molybdic oxide, calcined pure molybdic oxide, ammonium dimolybdate, ammonium heptamolybdate, ammonium octamolybdate and sodium molybdate.
Smelter and rod mill
Our Miami smelter and rod mill is in the heart of Arizona's historic Globe-Miami mining district. Located 90 miles east of Phoenix, the smelter processes coper concentrate primarily from our Company’s Arizona copper mines and also is the most significant source of sulphuric acid for Freeport-McMoRan’s North America leaching operations. The rod mill produces 7,500-pound and 15,000 pound copper rod coils.
Continuous cast copper rod facility
One of three Freeport-McMoRan continuous cast copper rod facilities, Norwich Operations provides the key material used in the manufacturing of wire and cable products. Primarily using copper cathode produced at our North America copper mines, our capabilities include casting, milling, coiling, shipping, furnace and refractory.
Research and Development facility
Our Technology Center is home to a team of globally recognized engineers and scientists who provide innovative mining, processing and environmental solutions to our operations throughout the world. Our people make use of state-of-the-art laboratories and test facilities, including a fully automated analytical lab—the first of its kind in the Americas. Employees provide direct support in a variety of areas: mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, analytical chemistry, mineralogy, process economics, mining and geology.
Our global corporate office is located in the Freeport-McMoRan Center in Phoenix, Arizona. More than 800 employees work out of the main office in downtown Phoenix and two satellite offices on the southeast side of the city. From finance to human resources to information technology, the staff here provides administrative support for the corporation and sites around the world.