Kennecott copper headed to New York and back

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SALT LAKE CITY -- It's not rock-n-roll, but some native Utah copper is going on a "heavy metal tour," and it's really heavy!

One hundred and thirty-six thousand pounds of copper is traveling in bundles from Kennecott copper mine all the way to New York. It will return in a couple months as more than 100,000 square feet of copper sheets. That's enough to cover the Statue of Liberty four times.

The sheets will be used to cover the Utah Museum of Natural History's new building at the University of Utah.

"A lot of our product is hidden—hidden in this microphone, hidden in the cameras, hidden in the electric wire that's in our walls. But what we're proud of today, we're involved with a project that we'll see for a long, long time," said Terry Maio, with Kennecott Utah Copper.

The museum's director says the designers chose copper for the new building because of its historical significance to Utah.

Kennecott Copper mine is one of the largest open-pit mines in the world and has been producing copper for almost 120 years.

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