- Supporting America's Infrastructure
- Freeport-McMoRan’s Copper Wire Keeps America Moving
September 1, 2016
Copper, a highly desired mineral, is the third-most U.S. consumed mineral and is one of the most important minerals in today’s industrial world. It is incredibly versatile and its properties – high flexibility, conformity, thermal & electrical conductivity and resistance to corrosion – make it critical to American infrastructure. Copper is widely used in electrical cables, wires, switches and plumbing.
Freeport McMoRan is the world’s largest publicly-traded copper producer and its Bayway Operations in New Jersey manufactures specialty items like trolley wire, which keeps our country functioning properly from day to day. Trolley wire is used as current-carrying contact wire, which supplies power to urban transit, railroad vehicles, mining equipment, and industrial cranes.
The Bayway Operations has played a major role in national transit projects like Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, DART, SEPTA, and others. For example, Bayway Operations developed a patented grade of trolley wire with the highest tensile strength in its class. This wire is used on Amtrak’s high speed Acela Express rail line in the northeastern United States.
Freeport-McMoRan’s Bayway Operations provides commuters and the light rail industry the raw materials they need to keep moving every day.