Morenci, initially referred to as Joy's Camp, is a census-designated place in Greenlee County and is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area. Occupying just 0.8 square miles in the southeastern region of Arizona, Morenci is home to approximately 1,879 people. Copper mining has been a significant part of Arizona's history, and a pillar of Morenci's economy as well as that of the surrounding area which is almost completely dependent on the Morenci Mine. The top employer in Morenci (and in nearby Clifton) is Freeport-McMoRan, the owner of the Morenci Mine, the largest copper mining operation in North America, and one of the largest copper mines in the world.
The Detroit Copper Mining Company of Arizona was an American copper mining and smelting company based in Morenci, Arizona since 1872. Incorporated in 1874, it existed as an independent company until 1881 when a controlling interest was purchased by Phelps Dodge & Company. Through acquisition, Phelps Dodge consolidated all mining operations in the district into the Phelps Dodge, Morenci Branch by 1921. From that point forward, Morenci was destined to be the barometer of economic health for Greenlee County. Beginning in 1937, Morenci transitioned from underground to open-pit mining. During World War II, production capacity nearly doubled with the urging of the United States government to meet wartime needs. A merger in 2007 brought the Morenci mine into the Freeport-McMoRan family, creating the world's largest publicly traded copper company, with 25,000 employees at acquisition.
A number of jobsites in Morenci, Arizona, particularly within the mining industry, have been identified as harboring asbestos containing materials. Accordingly, asbestos exposure has been a concern for workers and their loved ones for years. If you were exposed to asbestos in Morenci and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should also consider contacting a mesothelioma law firm.
Jobsites in Morenci where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
A number of jobsites in Morenci, AZ have been identified as harboring asbestos containing materials. These sites, at one point in their history, were known to have exposed a variety of tradesmen to asbestos. We will be documenting in more detail how asbestos exposure occurred at these sites in the future on this web site.
- Arizona Copper Company Ltd
- Arizona State University - Smelter
- Detroit Copper Mining Company
- El Paso and S W Rr Company
- Kennecott Copper Mine
- Metcalf Copper Smelter
- Morenci Power Plant
- Morenci Smelter Plant
- Morenci Water Company
- P D Acid Plant
- Phelps Dodge Acid Plant
- Phelps Dodge Copper Mine
- Phelps Dodge Corporation