1800-1950

1800-1950

1800-1950 150 150 admin

1899

ASARCO organized as American Smelting and Refining Company. Included in original consolidation were mines and mining claims in Colorado and Mexico. Major plants in consolidation included: Globe by-products plant (Denver, Colorado), East Helena lead smelter (Montana), El Paso lead plant (Texas).

1901

Merged with M. Guggenheim’s Sons. Included in the merger were the Perth Amboy copper refinery (New Jersey) and smelters in Mexico (Chihuahua lead smelter, San Luis Potosi lead and copper smelter, Monterrey lead and copper smelter). Acquired five additional mines in Mexico.

1910

Purchased mining properties in Silver Bell district of Arizona. Copper smelters built in El Paso, Texas, and Hayden, Arizona.

1922

Amarillo, Texas, zinc plant constructed

1942

Corpus Christi, Texas, zinc plant constructed.

1954

Production commenced at Silver Bell, ASARCO’s first open-pit copper mine.

ASARCO was organized in 1899 as American Smelting And Refining Company.
Originally a consolidation of a number of lead-silver smelting companies, the Company has evolved over the years into an integrated producer of copper, and other metals.
The Company is a fully integrated miner, smelter and refiner of copper in the United States.
Significant copper mines include the Mission, Silver Bell and the Ray open-pit mines, all three in Arizona. ASARCO has solvent extraction/electrowinning product at our Ray and Silver Bell mines.