The Pioneer of Copper-clad Steel (CCS) Tracer Wire
Copperhead tracer wire was a breakthrough fired by the imaginations of people who’d been in the gas industry for 35 years. Solid copper had been used as tracer wire for decades, but the volatility of the copper wire market was starting to take hold. Working hand-in-hand with sourcing partners for gas distribution companies and their contractors, we saw a need for better products to locate underground utilities and decided to do something about it.
We began working with the most tenured metal-cladding company in the United States. With 100+ years of cladding experience, Copperweld® played an integral role in helping Copperhead Industries, a U.S. manufacturer, provide the underground construction market with an intelligent alternative to solid copper. Copper-clad steel is a bimetallic product (ABA) manufactured by applying heat and pressure to form a metallurgical bond that combines the mechanical strength of steel with the conductivity and corrosion resistance of copper. The solution was perfect. Strong, but conductive. Corrosion resistant and less likely to break when put through the rigors of underground construction.
With Copperhead’s copper-clad steel tracer wire, the volatility of copper pricing was minimized with a stronger, more reliable tracer wire to locate underground utilities. Copperhead’s innovation brought the underground construction industry a superior performing product at a more economical price.
Copperhead has since evolved to provide the Complete Utility Locating System® to the water/sewer, telecommunications, and gas/propane markets. The complete system includes tracer wire, connectors, ground rods, access points, and a multi-function locator. The Complete Utility Locating System enables accurate detection of underground utilities and protects against future damage.
We are proud to be a U.S. manufacturer and having set a new standard for tracer wire and offering a reliable solution for underground utility damage prevention.