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CDA President & CEO Andy Kireta Sr. Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

July 3rd, 2014 No comments

Andy Kireta Sr., president and CEO of the Copper Development Association (CDA), was honored this month with the Ankh Award for Lifetime Achievement from The Copper Club, Inc., for his many contributions to the copper industry. Andy received the award at The Copper Club’s annual dinner June 4 in New York City. Stuart Thorne, president and CEO of Southwire®, was named Copper Man of the Year. Read more…

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Copper Development Association (CDA) Forms Team to Fight Women’s Cancer

April 25th, 2013 No comments

By Helen Lee, Copper Development Association, Assistant Manager, Finance and Administration

This is the 12th consecutive year my colleagues and I at CDA will participate in the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) Revlon Run/Walk for Women.

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The Copper Club Annual Dinner (Part 2)

July 1st, 2010 No comments

Expanding Educational Opportunities

Andy Kireta, Sr. is President and CEO of the Copper Development Association.  He also serves on The Copper Club Board of Directors.

I’m privileged to be a part of The Copper Club’s effort to assist students as they pursue careers relating to the copper industry.  Since the club began awarding scholarships to college students in 1994, we’ve awarded 73 grants totaling $1.4 million.

The awards dinner this year, held on June 2nd, marked the first time that The Copper Club has included high school students as grant recipients.  Three deserving students each received a grant of $1,000.  This new development allows us to extend needed funds to students from anywhere, including high schools in towns with mining sites where the kids might not otherwise have the opportunity to go to college or technical schools.  This year, we gave out16 scholarships totaling $114,000.

Not bad for a not-for-profit.

Those interested in more information about The Copper Club educational grants should call 212-217-9874 or direct an email to  More information about The Copper Club can be found at

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The Copper Club Annual Dinner (Part 1)

June 25th, 2010 No comments
By Andy Kireta, Sr. President and CEO of the Copper Development Association.  He also serves on The Copper Club Board of Directors. 


Good Traditions Live On 

On June 2nd, nearly 500 people from all over the copper industry gathered for the Copper Club Annual Dinner at Guastavino’s in New York City, where this year’s Ankh Award was presented to Diego Hernandez, CEO of Codelco.  The keynote speaker was Alexis Glick, former Vice President of Business News at the Fox Business Network and anchor of Money for Breakfast and The Opening Bell.  The dinner is also a time when the Club awards financial scholarships to students who are interested in studies pertaining to copper.

Diego Hernandez, CEO of Codelco - Copperman of the Year

I look forward to this event every year.  It’s really something to see so many people with copper in common, all gathered together in one place.  The Ankh Award is probably the most prestigious award in the copper industry.  It’s given each year by The Copper Club to a professional who has had a positive impact in one way or another.  The Copper Club was established in 1944 and has been awarding the trophy itself, a replica of Rodin’s The Thinker, since 1962.  So there’s a lot of meaning and tradition behind it. 

The Copper Club is really growing.  The dinner is a good way to honor those whose work promotes copper.  It’s a good way for people to get together and share ideas, and to foster the pursuit of copper careers in young people.  Ultimately, it’s good for the industry as a whole. 

Left to right – Joe Robertson, Chairman of the nominating committee; Alexis Glick, keynote speaker; Diego Hernandez, CEO of Codelco; Arthur R. Miele, Chairman of Copper Club; Andy Kireta, Sr. President and CEO of the Copper Development Association





Those interested in more information about The Copper Club educational grants should call 212-217-9874 or direct an email to  More information about The Copper Club can be found at 

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Winter Meeting: Bringing the Antimicrobial Message to Market

February 4th, 2010 No comments
Adam Estelle, guest blogger

Adam Estelle, guest blogger

By Adam Estelle, Copper Development Association, Inc. Project Engineer, Materials Science

Adam Estelle received his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Arizona.  He joined the CDA in August of 2008 and works primarily on the Public Health Initiative promoting the antimicrobial properties of copper-based metals. 

Of all the exciting opportunities I’ve had with the Copper Development Association (CDA), the Annual Meeting is by far the most intriguing.  Industry giants from across the country gather every December to learn about emerging markets and get the latest news on copper’s role in applications ranging from plumbing to architecture to antimicrobial.  It’s quite inspiring to witness an industry come together as a whole and combine insight and experience to overcome collective challenges.

General 2During December’s meeting, I presented new opportunities brought about by the EPA registration of copper as an antimicrobial and summarized CDA activity in the supply chain.  Ever since the EPA registered copper as an antimicrobial, we’ve been working with members to:

  • strengthen awareness of the antimicrobial effort
  • provide information about the science behind the EPA registration
  • assist with new product development
  • bring copper products to market with health claims

Once product manufacturers understand the science behind the antimicrobial message, and the large socioeconomic burden of healthcare-associated infections, they see the potential for copper touch surfaces used in products like door knobs, work stations, hand rails and IV poles.  CDA then points them to our membership to help find a supplier of antimicrobial copper.  As the process evolves, more and more suppliers will register with the EPA so they can market their products with public health claims.  As stewards of the EPA registration, CDA also helps product manufacturers convey the antimicrobial message accurately and responsibly. 

From scientific studies to marketing support, CDA is proactive throughout every step of the exciting process.  The Winter Meeting was a great opportunity to show our membership how we’re helping the pieces come together.  Since December, we’ve received more and more phone calls and emails from fabricators and manufacturers who want to move to the next level. That’s great news, because it will generate business for CDA members and help foster this young market.

Heavy Metal Tour

August 20th, 2009 No comments

Early yesterday morning, 136,000 pounds of copper left Rio Tinto’s Kennecott refinery in Magna, Utah, on the first leg of a 2,900-mile heavy metal tour that will culminate a year from now at the site of the new Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City.

Signing of commemorative posterAfter having been extracted at Bingham Canyon Mine and processed at Kennecott, the new copper cathodes will travel across the country, stopping in Mesa, Arizona, and Buffalo, New York, for further processing into sheets. The finished copper will reach its final destination to become the shell of the new museum.

The entire project is being documented on the museum’s Web site, giving the public in Utah and beyond a rare opportunity to observe the copper’s journey, from blasted rock, through the fabrication process, to the construction of a brand new copper-sheathed museum complex that will be named the Utah Museum of Natural History at the Rio Tinto Center.

The copper is part of a $15 million donation by Rio Tinto, the parent company of Kennecott Utah Copper. “Kennecott’s support for the museum dates back 30 years,” noted museum director Sarah George. “Its financial donations for special events, exhibits, and educational programming have provided learning opportunities to tens of thousands of visitors annually.” The Utah State Legislature provided additional funding.

Interior of new museumCopper was selected as the ideal material for the building’s façade because of its timelessness, durability, and strong local significance. The copper bands that will comprise the façade will be enriched with two types of copper-zinc alloy that will enhance the subtle variegation in the copper’s natural patina. Over time, the façade will go from being as bright as a penny to a dark brown, and finally, to a beautiful variegated verde finish.

“The copper façade roots the museum to the Utah landscape by virtue of both the material’s origin and its design expression as a natural form,” said John Branson, principal, GSBS Architects. “The copper will be integral to the museum’s unique identity and become a recognizable feature of one of the state’s most loved and admired institutions.”

The present Utah Museum of Natural History houses more than 1.5 million objects, providing unique natural history experiences to Utah residents through exhibits, special events, and programs, and a variety of outreach activities with communities and schools. The new facility will expand the museum’s services to include eight themed exhibitions, a children’s gallery, a large changing exhibits gallery, a cafe, and a museum store.

A press event was held at the Kennecott refinery to announce the new museum project and kick off the cross-country tour. Commemorative Heavy Metal Tour posters and earplugs were distributed to the crowds of copper fans and local media that came to witness the big send-off.

The public can follow the copper’s fabrication process over the next several months by: