AZ Operations


Copper has long been a source of growth and economic prosperity and, in Arizona, it has long been a source of community development and pride for the state.

For more than a century, copper mining has played a significant role in Arizona and we have seen the growth and continued development of Arizona communities and the economy as a result of our mining operations.

Our presence in Arizona includes mining operations at Morenci, Bagdad, Safford, Sierrita and Miami; Freeport-McMoRan’s corporate headquarters in Phoenix; and engineering and technology centers in Tucson. They all deliver large economic benefits to the state in the form of direct wages and taxes we pay as well as the goods and services we buy. In 2016, our economic impact in Arizona reached $2.0 billion supporting more than 20,000 jobs in the state, including more than 7,460 Freeport-McMoRan employees.

Along with the positive economic impact we have on communities, a value that has persisted with our presence in Arizona is a commitment to sustainable development, which combines economic growth with social and environmental responsibility. This means working with communities and engaging community leaders and members through our Community Partnership Panels and Community Investment Funds.

We are a global company with local priorities. We train workers, support education at all levels and facilitate community-based economic initiatives. We recognize that our mining activities both impact the environment and improve our quality of life in countless ways.

Safety is a core value. We adhere to a framework for managing risks and preventing work-related accidents and illness, particularly fatality prevention. Similarly, we value health and wellness for our workforce as well as in the communities where we have a presence. This is crucial to our goal for sustainable development.

Finally, as we grow and expand, we are committed to people, making sure our employees have the knowledge, skills, motivation, technology and equipment to do their jobs as well as they can. The opportunities are varied and great, from professional to technical positions and the workforce development offered in all areas. Our commitment to people extends to the places where they live, work and play. This commitment and our efforts are what make Freeport-McMoRan a strong corporate citizen in Arizona today and will continue to do so as we venture toward our bright future.


Freeport-McMoRan provides resources that fuel global growth and are essential to our daily lives. We have several opportunities to expand production volumes to help meet the growing demand for our products, including expansion projects at our Arizona operations.