Safford is an open-pit copper mining complex Freeport describes as a "zero-discharge facility and one of the most environmentally advanced copper mines ever built." According to Freeport, "Growth and expansion opportunities are underway to extend the life of mine for Safford operations."
According to Freeport's annual economic impact statement, "Morenci and Safford mines generated an estimated $499.6 million in economic benefits for Greenlee and Graham Counties and approximately $1.3 billion for Arizona in 2018." As of 2018, Freeport's Morenci and Safford operations directly employed 5,000 workers. Adding in the ripple effects of spending by Freeport-McMoRan and its employees, Freeport was responsible for 13,282 jobs in the region in 2018.
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Safford Economic Development
808 S 8th Ave, Safford, Arizona 85546, United States