What We Do

Metal Production

Doe Run — A Smelting and Refining History

Doe Run is dedicated to environmentally responsible metal production – operating one of the world’s largest single-site lead recycling centers. Recycled lead, as well as important lead metal alloys produced at Doe Run serve U.S. companies and manufacturers with the metal needed for batteries, radiation protection and other uses.

Doe Run produces a variety of specialty metal alloys. 

Today’s Operations

Doe Run’s Resource Recycling facility in Boss, Mo., produces premium secondary lead metal from recycled lead. Doe Run ceased primary smelting at the company’s Herculaneum, Mo. facility in 2013. The company continues to operate its refinery, strip mill, and alloying and casting operations at the site to serve the unique needs of its metal customers.

The End of an Era

The Herculaneum, Mo., smelter began operating in 1892 and contributed to the economic growth of the city and surrounding area for more than a century. Over the years, Doe Run supported the community through donations, volunteerism and infrastructure investments, such as giving $750,000 to construct a new firehouse, donating the right-of-way section of the new M.R. & B.T. Railway Memorial Bridge in Herculaneum for city use, and providing access to land for the public golf course, city parks and ball fields. In 2010, the company announced its intention to close its primary smelter at the end of 2013.

Repurposing the Herculaneum Site

Doe Run supports the repurposing of the Herculaneum site in conjunction with developers who recognize the property’s strategic location on the Mississippi River. In March 2012, Riverview Commerce Park LLC announced intentions to to purchase and develop approximately 350 acres of Doe Run property. The project is expected to bring together a cluster of light industrial companies offering multi-modal bulk storage and shipping, renewable energy and alternative fuels. RCP began Phase 1 of the port development in 2013, modifying the existing rail and barge loading facilities for shipping.

Doe Run is working hard to prepare the site for future use in a responsible manner. Doe Run has submitted a plan to remediate the smelter site to the EPA and is awaiting approval.

Contact Information:

Metals Division
18594 Highway KK
Boss, MO 65440

Phone: (573) 626-4813
Email: rrdinfo@doerun.com

Herculaneum Refinery, Alloying and Casting
881 Main Street
Herculaneum, MO 63048

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