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Freeport McMoRan Names Excel “Proud Partner”

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In many ways, MINExpo 2016 was a tremendous success for Excel. One of the highlights of the trade show occurred on Monday, September 26th, when Freeport McMoRan, Inc. distributed flags with the slogan “Proud Partner,” to be displayed throughout MINExpo at various trade show booths of businesses they valued as strategic partners. Excel Foundry & Machine was chosen as one of these businesses.

Freeport McMoRan was established in 1912. Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ,  they are a premier U.S.-based natural resources company with an industry-leading global portfolio of mineral assets and significant oil and gas resources. They have six mines operating in the Southwest (Arizona and New Mexico), and Excel has had varying degrees of success with each of them over the years. According to Regional Sales Director, Jim Ulrich, our relationship with Freeport McMoRan goes back 20+ years, when they were known as Phelps-Dodge. Around 2005, Excel partnered with a distributor in the Southwest. Business began to boom, and Excel enjoyed ten years of successful sales and prosperity.

In 2015, Excel hired Regional Sales Manager, Bob Wilczynski – a veteran in the mining industry, who had already developed strong relationships with various Freeport McMoRan mine sites over the years. This strategic move provided local technical support in Arizona, along with Dave Eagan, Technical Support Director. Together, the two were able to help strengthen our relationship. Bob’s primary focus was on crushing, and Dave provided mining support (shovels, etc.). They helped to establish Morenci Mine’s milling product line, which in itself has progressed into a successful product line for Excel! Business has been very solid for the most part, and Jim, Bob and Dave all feel very confident in our direct coverage for Freeport McMoRan in the Southwest.

It is apparent that receiving this flag from Freeport McMoRan was a significant honor, based on the history of our business with them over years. Jim commented, “I think that anytime you have one of the world’s largest mining companies recognize Excel, it is a tremendous honor.” Bob added, “It is certainly a team effort. Along with everyone in Pekin, we have worked very hard (and will continue) to maintain and expand this successful relationship.”

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