Doe Run Provides Backdrop for the History Channel

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“Modern Marvels” highlights Doe Run’s mines, mills and recycling facilities.

The Doe Run Company’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) and Buick Resource Recycling Division (BRRD) will be the centerpiece for an episode of The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” this month. Producers for the acclaimed series chose Doe Run’s operations for the company’s expertise in lead, zinc and other essential metals such as silver and copper. The episode, titled “The Heavy Metals,” is slated for June 14. (Check after June 8 for local times.)

“Because The Doe Run Company is home to one of the world’s largest lead mining and recycling facilities, it was our first choice of companies to profile in the lead segment of ‘The Heavy Metals’ episode of ‘Modern Marvels,’” stated Corrie Kaufman, researcher for Actuality Productions. “We were not disappointed! The mining, refining and recycling operations were all very impressive. We certainly feel that The History Channel viewers will not only see how lead is mined, but also get an education about this indispensable metal because of Doe Run’s participation in the show.”

To illustrate the production of metals, Doe Run experts share innovative processes used by SEMO and BRRD to extract, mill and recycle lead. The “Modern Marvels” crew traveled more than 1,000 feet beneath the Earth’s surface to film at one of Doe Run’s active lead mines. Filming at the mill included the metal flotation circuits and the high-tech mill control room.

“We were honored that an outlet as prestigious and educational as The History Channel selected Doe Run as a main source for their documentary,” said Angie Nations, Doe Run community relations manager. “Many people envision lead miners chipping at rocks all day with a pick axe. In reality, our mines use state-of-the-art equipment, technology and processes to extract and refine the majority of lead needed in America, and much of that is used globally. We’re eager to share our knowledge with viewers who are passionate about innovations and earth science.”

“The Heavy Metals” will also highlight the importance of recycling lead. At BRRD, Doe Run operates the world’s largest single-site lead recycling facility. Each year, BRRD recycles and recovers more than 100,000 tons of lead from automotive batteries, television screens, computer monitors and other sources, reducing strain on natural resources and landfills.

“Modern Marvels” is one of The History Channel’s top five series. It celebrates “ingenuity, invention and imagination” through the fascinating stories of “everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.”

Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral production, metals fabrication, recycling and reclamation. The company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services needed to provide power, protection and convenience through premium products and associated metals including lead, zinc, copper, gold and silver. As the operator of one of the world’s only multi-metal facilities and the Americas’ largest integrated lead producer, Doe Run employs more than 5,000 people, with U.S. operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona, and Peruvian operations in Cobriza and La Oroya. Committed to sustainable development, The Doe Run Company has helped bring electrical power, business training, educational opportunities and improved telecommunications to rural communities in Peru and the U.S. For more information, visit

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements may be significantly impacted, either positively or negatively, by various factors, including without limitation, the Company’s ability to satisfy its debt and environmental obligations, regulatory compliance with local state and federal governmental agencies, financing sources, potential and actual litigation, weather, permits, raw materials cost, competition and business conditions in the mining and recyclable industries. As a result, the forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the statements herein. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see the risk factors set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.


Angie Nations

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