Telephone: 806-468-4000 Fax: 806-468-4291
Address: P.O. Box 30200, Amarillo, TX 79120-0200
7001 State Highway 136, Amarillo, TX 79106
Location: 9 miles Northeast of Amarillo on Texas Highway 136
R.R. Connections: BNSF and UP
Operations: The Amarillo Plant refines copper and precious metals.The plant consists of an anode department, tankhouse, refined casting departments, precious metals refinery, a copper scrap facility, a precious metals scrap handling facility, nickel plant, selenium/tellurium plant and support facilities.
Products: Refined copper cathode, rod, cake, crude nickel sulfate, and Enviroalloy™.
December 31, 2014 Employment:
Total: 338 employees; 244 hourly / 94 salaried.
Steven Jones, General Manager
David Brown, Maintenance Manager
Michael Thomas, Safety Manager
Alonzo Ramos, Environmental Services Manager
Charles Morgan , Human Resources Manager
Tracy T. Morris, Operations Manager
Production Statistics (2014):
Electrorefined Copper Cathode : 315.2 million lbs.
Copper Rod: 334.9 million lbs.
Copper Cake: 25.0 million lbs.
Economic Impacts (2014):
Wages, salaries and fringe benefits: $31.9 million
Property and sales taxes: $1.7 million
Total materials and other spending (energy, fuel and supplies): $27.4 million
|1922||–||Zinc plant construction began|
|1924||–||Smelter was operational|
|1974||–||Copper refinery constructed at a cost of $210 million|
|1975||–||First shipment of copper was made. Zinc smelter closed|
|1979||–||Patented Reatrol process (Reagent Control) increased production efficiency, enabling plant to eventually exceed design capacity.|
|1993||–||Electrolyte purification facility installed, improving the quality of refined copper production.|
|1994||–||Plant receives ISO-9002 certification for copper cathode.|
|1995||–||Plant receives ISO-9002 certification for copper rod and cake; Stormwater recycling and installation of Rod Zero stand.|
|1996||–||Plant receives ISO-9002 certification for precious metals parting, Se/Te, nickel sulfate and anode casting|
|1997||–||Rod mill upgrade.|
|1998||–||Plant receives ISO-9002 certification for anode/blister sampling, precious metals sampling and anode mold making.|
|2000||–||Increased Rod and Cake Facilities capacities.|
|2001||–||Electrolyte purification upgrade.|
|2003||–||Plant receives ISO 9000:2000 certification for copper cathode, rod, cake, precious metals parting, Se/Te, nickel sulfate and anode casting.|
|2006||–||Enviroalloy™ production and Rod shaft Furnace shell replacement.|
|2012||–||Precious Metal, Se/Te Production Suspended.|
|Injection Well No. 2 Upgrade.|
|2015||–||Automated Starter-sheet stripping circuit installed.|