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History of Anheuser-Busch
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Founded by German immigrants in St. Louis, Missouri during the 1850s, Anheuser-Busch is one of the oldest and longest-operating breweries in the United States. The use of technology and long-range distribution techniques facilitated rapid growth at the company. Years later, in the 1870s, Anheuser-Busch became the first brewing company in America to use pasteurization during the production process, allowing the company to avoid spoilage while transporting beer across long distances. The incorporation of artificial refrigeration in rail cars and other methods of preserving freshness, in addition to the creation of Budweiser in 1876 as their American-style lager, paved the way for coast-to-coast sales and distribution, also the first company in the country to achieve the feat.
In 1901, Anheuser-Busch surpassed sales of 1 million barrels of beer, cementing it as one of the largest brewing companies in the nation. Today, the once-small, neighborhood lager brewer has grown to over 19,000 employees with 12 US breweries and more than 50 others across the globe, producing many household name beers such as Budweiser, Michelob, Busch, and Stella Artois.
Older residential and commercial buildings across America have infamously used construction products containing asbestos, most commonly in cement, plumbing pipes, tile flooring, and both interior and exterior insulation. Breweries were no exception to these uses, but in addition to structural purposes, asbestos has also been detected in the insulation of brewing equipment and the filters used in the production process.
Asbestos Use at Anheuser Busch in Medford, MA
The use of filtration is common in breweries and other facilities which produce alcohol, to remove impurities from the final product. As recently as 1979, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), breweries in the United States used paper filters incorporated with asbestos to complete this objective by increasing resilience over the merely paper filters. The frequency at which the filters needed to be changed over the course of a working day was high as the product wore out after continuous use. Changing more filters meant increased risk for the asbestos fibers within the filters to break loose, become airborne, and be inhaled or ingested by the workers on site or to adhere to their clothing.
This combination of exposure to asbestos from building materials and components of production makes breweries uniquely high-risk areas and thus potential breeding grounds for long-term health issues, including mesothelioma. While it can be presumed that risk would be highest among brewery employees, there is much potential for exposure in employees’ families, beverage consumers, tourists and visitors, facility and equipment inspectors, delivery and maintenance workers – essentially anyone spending significant time around the brewery structures and equipment while asbestos usage was most rampant.
But the risk does not end at the site of production for beer, wine, and other spirits. The same sources of structural asbestos exposure can be found at wholesale and distribution sites for companies such as Anheuser-Busch. Having cast such a wide net of sales and distribution, dozens of associated sites across the country may have been subjecting employees to the same asbestos dangers as their flagship breweries.
After the use of asbestos had largely ceased (both in construction and production), there is still a risk for exposure due to the presence of historical brewing equipment and building materials.
Anheuser Busch Mesothelioma Trust Fund & Lawsuits
Anheuser-Busch has made contributions to multiple mesothelioma trust funds. These trust funds allow for asbestos victims diagnosed with mesothelioma, and their families, to pursue justice and receive compensation. The following trust funds are potential sources of compensation for patients with exposure at Anheuser-Bush jobsites:
- API Trust (Moorhead, MN)
- AC&S Trust (St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH; Houston, TX)
- AP Green (Houston, TX; Lafayette, IN)
- Armstrong World Ind Trust (St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH; Houston, TX; Williamsburg, VA)
- Babcock & Wilcox Trust (Van Nuys, CA; Fairfield, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Van Nuys, CA; Ft. Collins, CO; Jacksonville, FL; Tampa, FL; Cartersville, GA; Moorhead, MN; St. Louis, MO; Merrimack, NH; Newark, NJ; Baldwinsville, NY; Columbus, OH; Worthington, OH; Houston, TX; Williamsburg, VA)
- Combustion Eng. Trust (Newark, NJ)
- CE Thurston Trust (Williamsburg, VA)
- Eagle Picher Trust (East Brunswick, NJ; Columbus, OH; Van Nuys, CA; Jacksonville, FL; St. Louis, MO; Baldwinsville, NY; Van Nuys, CA)
- Flintkote Trust (Williamsburg, VA)
- Fibreboard Trust (Jacksonville, FL; St. Louis, MO; Merrimack, NH; Newark, NJ; Columbus, OH; Houston, TX)
- G-I Holdings Trust (Houston, TX)
- WR Grace Trust (St. Louis, MO)
- Halliburton Trust (Bakersfield, CA; Tampa, FL; St. Louis, MO; Baldwinville, NY)
- HK Porter Trust (Newark, NJ)
- Keene Trust (St. Louis, MO)
- Owens Corning Trust (Van Nuys, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Indianapolis, IN; St. Louis, MO; Newark, NJ)
- Turner & Newall Trust (St. Louis, MO)
- United States Gypsum Trust (Lafayette, IN)
- Fuller Austin Ins Trust (Houston,TX)
Our Top-Rated Asbestos Attorneys Represent Anheuser Busch Workers
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, or another asbestos-related illness due to asbestos exposure at Anheuser-Busch in Massachusetts, you need to speak with an experienced asbestos lawyer as soon as possible.
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