Kennecott Copper Smelter Stack

Kennecott Copper Smelter Stack

The removal of tall structures exposes workers to the risk of working at high elevations for extended periods of time. The height and potential reach of those structures also exposes workers and facilities nearby to the consequences of unexpected collapse during demolition. 


Whether structures are made of brick, concrete or steel, Controlled Demolition Incorporated (CDI) can remove them quickly, safely and economically as compared to more traditional methods. Even if the chimneys are contaminated with arsenic, cyanide, lead, asbestos or other regulated materials, Controlled Demolition Incorporated has the experience and technology to bring them down safely, while minimizing risk to workers, adjacent operations and local communities, alike.

The main smelter stack at the Kennecott Copper Facility was the 4th chimney to be demolished by Controlled Demolition Incorporated at the site as the McGill, Nevada Plant was phased out. Only 4 days were required to prepare this 55 foot diameter, 9,300 ton reinforced concrete chimney for felling. The successful demolition of this 750 foot tall chimney holds the American record for demolition of all types of chimneys, and the world record for demolition of a corbeled concrete chimney.

"...CDI’s implosion of our chimney, the tallest corbeled, tapered concrete chimney ever to be ‘imploded’ in the world, was perfect. The special effects show which you put on for the Town’s ‘Implosion Picnic’ was terrific!...There is no question in my mind that the Loizeaux Family is the best in the world at what it does..."

Ralph N. Orgill, Facilities Manager Nevada
Copper, Kennecott