Types of Companies with Asbestos Exposure
Table of Contents
- 1 Aerospace
- 2 Automotive Factories
- 3 Chemical Plants
- 4 Construction Sites Other Jobsites
- 5 Electronics Fabrication Plants
- 6 Food Processing Plants
- 7 Glass Plants
- 8 Manufacturing Plants
- 8.1 Manufacturing Plants in New York State With Asbestos Exposures
- 8.2 Albany Felt Company
- 8.3 ALCO
- 8.4 American Standard
- 8.5 Armstrong World Industries
- 8.6 Auburn Plastics
- 8.7 Bausch & Lomb
- 8.8 Blue Circle Cement
- 8.9 Carborundum Company
- 8.10 Carrier Corporation
- 8.11 Chicago Pneumatic
- 8.12 Dresser-Rand
- 8.13 Dunkirk Radiator Corporation
- 8.14 DuPont
- 8.15 Foster Wheeler
- 8.16 Ingersoll Rand
- 8.17 Owens Corning Delmar Plant
- 9 Metal Smelting Plants
- 10 Paper Companies
- 11 Pharmaceutical Plants
- 12 Power Plants
- 13 Shipyards
- 14 Textile Mills
The advent of the aerospace industry created jobs during the twentieth century. Responsible for the design and production of aircraft, missiles, rockets, and spacecraft, over a million Americans were employed by aerospace companies at the industry’s height during the 1980s.
Unfortunately for these workers, aerospace factories typically used asbestos materials and equipment prior to the 1990s.
This included brakes, hoses, engines, and insulation material for planes. The planes had asbestos-containing pumps, valves, boilers, and other equipment.
The companies that sold these asbestos products to aerospace factories knew that asbestos posed serious health risks to factory workers.
Despite this, the asbestos companies did not warn workers of these dangers.
Many retired workers from the aerospace industry have developed mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that most often forms on the lining of the lungs.
For over a century, the automotive industry has been a vital source of employment for the American workforce.
Although the industry is most closely associated with Detroit, Michigan, automotive assembly plants existed in many other states. Prior to the 1990s, these factories used a great deal of asbestos equipment and materials.
Auto plants had asbestos-containing pumps, valves, turbines, boilers, and other equipment. Automobile brakes, gaskets, and clutches also had asbestos.
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Chemical manufacturing in the United States employs over a million Americans. Responsible for such diverse products as plastics, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, and flavorings, chemical production is a major American industry.
Although people have been producing and refining chemicals for thousands of years, the industry’s modern form emerged around the turn of the 20thcentury, spurred by a number of innovations made in the production of chemical dyes, plant fertilizers, sulfuric acid, and caustic soda.
Large factories were erected to manufacture these and other chemicals in bulk, and many American workers were hired to fulfill the labor needs of the industry.
Prior to the 1990s, chemical factories and plants used equipment and materials made from asbestos in a variety of applications. Asbestos-containing equipment included pumps, valves, turbines, boilers, and other equipment. Chemical factories also used asbestos lab and filtering equipment. Plastic factories used asbestos molding compounds.
2551 Buffalo Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Hercules / Ciba Geigy
89 Lower Warren Street and Quaker Road
Glens Falls, NY 12801
1302 Congress Street
Construction Sites Other Jobsites
Nearly six million American workers are employed by the construction industry – one of the industries involved with the Asbestos issue. During the bulk of the 20th century, asbestos could often be found in construction equipment, as well as materials such as gaskets, ceiling and floor tile, joint compound, caulking, and shingles.
Asbestos, a fibrous mineral that was commonly used as a construction and building material prior to the 1990s, is the sole known cause of mesothelioma – an aggressive cancer most often forming in the lining of the lungs.
During construction projects, asbestos materials needed to be cut, ground, installed, and occasionally demolished. Any of these actions would release and agitate a great deal of asbestos dust, contaminating the air at the site with millions of harmful asbestos fibers. These asbestos materials would also wear down over time, due to natural degradation, repair, and maintenance, producing even more asbestos dust.
The millions of construction workers who inhaled these fibers are at a high risk of developing mesothelioma.
Construction workers were never told of these dangers by the asbestos industry. The asbestos industry had been aware of the health hazards of asbestos since the 1920s, but did not warn workers. Because of this, and because mesothelioma is only known to be caused by asbestos, construction workers who develop mesothelioma have the right to seek compensation for their illness.
It is important, however, to seek out experienced mesothelioma attorneys when pursuing an asbestos lawsuit.
Electronics Fabrication Plants
Many Americans have been employed at electronics plants that build circuit boards, radios, televisions, and computer equipment. These sites put workers at a high risk of developing mesothelioma due to the asbestos equipment that was used extensively at these production facilities, including pumps, valves, insulation, boilers, and turbines.
General Electric Plants
1 River Road
Schenectady, NY 12345
50 Johnston St.
Seneca Falls, NY
800 Phillips Road
Webster, NY 14580
Food Processing Plants
The world has dramatically increased its reliance on processed foods over the past century. A significant portion of the American diet relies on food that has been produced or packaged in large factories and processing plants.
Prior to the 1990s, these food processing plants and factories used asbestos materials and equipment such as insulation, valves, pumps, packing, gaskets, and ovens.
The businesses that sold asbestos materials and equipment to food processing plants did not warn food processing workers that asbestos was hazardous. Since the 1920s, these companies were aware that asbestos could cause mesothelioma – a deadly cancer of the lining of the lungs.
However, they actively suppressed this information, choosing profits over the lives of workers. As a result, thousands of former food processing workers still die from mesothelioma every year, and millions more are at risk.
555 Fay Street
Fulton, NY 13069
The glass manufacturing industry employed hundreds of thousands of Americans during the 20th century. Prior to the 1990s, glass workers were exposed to asbestos equipment, including insulated tanks, tongs, pumps, valves, and boilers.
Corning Glass Works
1 West Market Street
Corning, NY 14831
The manufacturing industry was the primary driver of the American economy throughout much of the 20th century. Millions of people have been employed by the American manufacturing sector.
Prior to the 1990s however, most U.S. factories utilized asbestos materials and equipment throughout the facilities in equipment and production.
Manufacturing Plants in New York State With Asbestos Exposures
- Alcan (Oswego)
- Alcoa (Massena)
- Beech Nut (Montgomery)
- Bethlehem Steel (Buffalo) (Lackawanna)
- Blue Circle Cement (Ravena)
- Borg Warner (Ithaca)
- Bristol-Meyers (East Syracuse)
- Ciba Geigy-Hercules (Queensbury)
- Corning Glass Works
- Eastman Kodak (Rochester)
- Fairchild Republic (Farmingdale)
- Foster Wheeler (Dansville)
- Garlock (Palmyra)
- General Electric (Auburn, Waterford, Schenectady, Hornell, Hudson Falls, Fort Edward)
- General Motors Powertrain (Massena)
- Goulds Pumps (Seneca Falls)
- IBM (Poughkeepsie, Endicott, Hopewell Junction, Owego, Kingston, Yorktown)
- International Paper (Ticonderoga)
- International Paper (Corinth)
- International Wire (Camden)
- Kraft Foods (North Lawrence)
- Lockheed Martin (Owego)
- Nabisco (Buffalo)
- Nestle Foods (Fulton)
- Northrop Grumman (Bethpage)
- Occidental Chemical (Niagra Falls)
- Revere Cooper (Rome)
- Revere Smelting (Middletown)
- Reynolds Metals (now Alcoa) (Massena)
- Stauffer Chemical (Skianeateles Falls)
- Union Fork & Hoe (Utica)
- Wabash Alloys (Syracuse)
- Wyeth-Ayerst (Pearl River)
- Xerox (Rochester)
Albany Felt Company
Armstrong World Industries
Bausch & Lomb
Blue Circle Cement
6304 Thompson Road
Painted Post, NY 14870
Dunkirk Radiator Corporation
2201 Dwyer Ave.
Utica, NY 13501
2551 Buffalo Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
9431 Foster Wheeler Road
Dansville, NY 14437
199 N Main St
Athens, PA 18810
Owens Corning Delmar Plant
Metal Smelting Plants
Metal manufacturing in America has roots extending all the way back to the colonial era, and has been a major U.S. industry ever since. Smelting plants working with steel, iron, copper, and aluminum have been major sources of employment for American workers, especially during the bulk of the twentieth century.
Prior to the 1990s however, these smelting plants exposed metal industry workers to the deadly carcinogen asbestos. As a result, many former metal workers have been diagnosed with the highly aggressive cancer mesothelioma.
448 Country Route 1A
Park Avenue East
Massena, NY 13662