Supporting America’s Infrastructure

From foundations to roofs, power plants to wind farms, roads to bridges—America’s infrastructure projects begin with mining.

From foundations to roofs, power plants to wind farms, roads and bridges to communications grids and data storage centers—America’s infrastructure projects begin with mining. Consider that nearly every industry including energy, construction, transportation, and equipment manufacturing requires steel—a material dependent on both metallurgical coal and iron ore for its production. And copper’s flexibility, conformity, thermal and electric conductivity, and resistance to corrosion make it an ideal industrial metal. These are just a few of the ways that mining is contributing to America’s infrastructure.

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New Graphic Shows Minerals are the Core of American Infrastructure

In a new infographic, the Minerals Education Coalition illustrates that every year 40,641 pounds of new minerals must be provided for every person in the United States to make the things we use daily, including our nation’s infrastructure. Based on 2017 production, 656 pounds of cement, 292 pounds... Read More

Building America's Infrastructure

Copper Helps Flint Solve Its Water Crisis

A new video from the Copper Development Association (CDA) shows how Flint, Michigan, is bringing clean, safe water back to its residents with the help of copper. In a city that has battled contamination problems since 2014, the city is now on schedule to replace its lead pipes with new copper piping... Read More

Teck Resources Limited Makes Infrastructure Modernization a Reality

Nearly every industry including energy, construction, transportation and equipment manufacturing requires steel—a material dependent on both metallurgical coal and iron ore for its production. Steel is essential for supporting critical infrastructure projects and creating products that make our quality... Read More

Kyanite Mining Corporation: Helping to Rebuild America’s Foundation

Minerals like molybdenum, copper, iron and kyanite form the foundation of our nation’s roads, bridges, railroads, highways, buildings, construction equipment and many important alloys. Without an abundant and stable supply of minerals, plans to rebuild and reinforce our infrastructure will not be possible. Kyanite... Read More

LinkedIn Blog: America’s Infrastructure Begins with Mining

In his first ‘State of the Union’ address last month, President Trump declared rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure a major priority for this administration. A few weeks later, the president outlined his legislative principles to deliver the safe, reliable, and modern infrastructure that Americans... Read More

Rio Tinto: Reinforcing and Rebuilding American Infrastructure

Many copper deposits contain molybdenum, and Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine is no exception. At the Utah operation, a froth flotation process is used to separate molybdenum, copper, gold and silver minerals. The molybdenum concentrate is then filtered, dried and packaged to be shipped to... Read More

Arch Coal: Supplying Coal for Steel Infrastructure

The Trump administration this summer announced a $1 trillion plan to fix the nation’s infrastructure. There’s no doubt that a robust plan to rebuild America’s declining infrastructure should be a priority. Thankfully America enjoys a particularly rich endowment of raw materials that can support such... Read More

Freeport-McMoRan: Rebuilding America from the Ground Up

In 2017, The U.S. received a troubling D+ in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Annual Infrastructure Report Card This rating indicates that much of America’s infrastructure is at risk of failure, putting lives and our economy at risk. To address this, the administration hopes to invest $1 trillion... Read More

American Minerals: The Key to Revitalizing U.S. Infrastructure

Minerals and metals are essential to rebuilding or expanding American roads, airports, railroads and pipelines. They make up the foundations for the world’s tallest buildings, communications grids and even national defense systems. Basically, minerals and metals keep our society operational 24 hours... Read More

Nyrstar: Protecting our Infrastructure from Corrosion

With infrastructure development a national priority, the demand for metals and minerals will soar. Galvanized steel is used extensively in various infrastructure projects around the world, including bridges, electricity and telecom towers and building structures. Zinc coatings provide a continuous,... Read More

Coeur Mining: Meeting the Needs of America’s Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. is home to a diverse energy mix that includes coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, wind and solar. Always a leader in innovation, the U.S. is one of the top solar users in the world – with 18,317 megawatts of solar capacity. In fact, the oldest solar power plant in the world is located right... Read More

Freeport-McMoRan’s Copper Wire Keeps America Moving

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... Read More