The Amarillo facility produces 5/16” copper rod. The Rod line maximum capacity is 264,000 short tons per year. Molten copper is molded into a bar at a rate less than ½ a mile per hour and exits the mill close to 72 miles per hour. The bar is rolled through 16 stands and is reduced from a 2.5” x 5” rectangle bar to a 5/16” rod (1/200th of its original size). Coils weigh 7,500 pounds and contain 5 miles or 26,400 feet of rod. Copper rod is used for magnet wire, automotive wire, telecom wire, and building wire.
The Amarillo Copper Refinery is located nine miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas on State Highway 136. The plant sits on 3,054 acres of which the operating facility occupies approximately 250 acres. The surrounding ASARCO owned land is leased for farming and grazing.
Amarillo Copper Refinery is ISO 9001:2015 certified.