REFINING & ALLOYING
The Doe Run Company manages the various components of the lead lifecycle, and also provides lead metals, alloys and lead concentrates to companies globally.
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates and lead metals and alloys. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mining operations and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri. Doe Run and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona.
Our Business Divisions
Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division
The lifecycle of lead starts with exploration, which has helped to identify and locate the six underground mines of the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO). Here, ore containing lead (galena), zinc (sphalerite) and copper (chalcopyrite) is located, blasted, hauled, crushed and hoisted to the surface, then concentrated at Doe Run’s four mills. In southeastern Missouri’s Viburnum Trend, mining and milling has taken place for more than 50 years and produces approximately 250,000 tons of lead concentrates annually.
Doe Run’s SEMO Division also includes the Glover facility as of late 2013. A portion of the site, which ceased operations as a primary lead smelter in 2003, functions as a warehouse and transloading facility.
Steve Batts, Vice President – SEMO Operations
Doe Run’s Resource Recycling facility has served metals customers and the battery manufacturing industry as one of the world’s largest single-site lead recycling centers since opening in 1991. Resource Recycling has the capacity to recycle and recover nearly 175,000 tons of refined lead and lead alloys from more than 13.5 million recycled lead-acid batteries annually. Other recycled materials include ammunition, lead-bearing glass and lead-based paint chips.
In late 2013, Doe Run closed its Herculaneum primary smelting operations. The company continues to operate its refinery, strip mill, and alloying and casting operations at the Herculaneum site to produce unique lead alloy products. With the closure of the smelter, Doe Run’s Primary Smelting Division was combined with its Resource Recycling Division to better serve customers as the Metals Division.
Bruce Chamberlain, Operations Manager
Fabricated Products Inc.
Fabricated Products Inc. (FPI) is a wholly owned Doe Run subsidiary. FPI’s Vancouver, Washington, location primarily produces lead oxide for the manufacturing of lead-acid batteries. Lead metal fabrication takes place at the Casa Grande, Arizona, location. The facility produces sheet lead for roofing; lead shielding to block sound waves, X-rays and nuclear radiation; storage containers for radioactive waste; lead anodes for copper and zinc electrowinning; bullet materials; and specialty extruded shapes. Annually, FPI manufactures 30,000 tons of lead products.
Dave Olkkonen, General Manager