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Horne Smelter

Our history

1923

First diamond drilling and discovery of a copper deposit

1926

Construction of smelting plant and drilling of production well No. 3 begin

1927

First copper cast on December 17

1973

Continuous smelting plant (reactor) starts production

1976

Final tonne of ore extracted from Horne Mine on July 26. Total production for Horne Mine from 1926 to 1976: 53.7 million metric tonnes of ore, 1.131 million metric tonnes of copper, 325,240 kg of gold, 693,600 kg of silver

1984

Construction and start-up of electronics recycling circuit

1989

Sulfuric acid plant begins production

1992

Automatic casting wheel starts up in July

1997

Noranda converter becomes operational in November. Gallen Mine (zinc) reopens

2013

Glencore acquires Xstrata. Horne Smelter now belongs to one of the world’s largest diversified natural resource companies

2016

Horne Smelter becomes certified as ISO 14001:2015 compliant in environmental management

2017

On December 17, 2017, Horne Smelter celebrated the 90th anniversary of its first casting. Over these 90 years, the smelter produced: 12,404,390 tonnes of copper, 40,614,617 ounces of gold, 847,040,998 ounces of silver

2019

Construction begins for VELOX pilot project

2021

VELOX pilot project commissioned

On December 17, 2021, Horne Smelter celebrated the beginning of its 95th year. 2022 will be a year of celebration and festivities to mark the anniversary of the only copper smelter still operating in Canada—the smelter that created the town of Rouyn-Noranda.