Texas Trivia

Despite the state's relative lack of ore, copper refineries have been established in Texas to supply regional demand for metal goods and to make use of readily available fuel for metal plants. A copper refinery was established at El Paso by Dr. W. H. Nichols of Nichols Copper and was later acquired by Phelps Dodge Corporation; the refinery employed 750 persons by the 1950s. Eventually up to 30 percent of all the copper processed in the United States was produced at this refinery. Much of the refined material was subsequently manufactured by Phelps Dodge Copper Products Corporation into wire, tubes, and pipe for use in the building industry.

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