GE – Springfield, MA or Providence, RI
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History of GE
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General Electric (GE) is one of the largest companies with one of the most recognizable names in the United States. For 130 years, GE has produced some of the most pivotal, innovative, and essential products in history. From the incandescent lightbulb invented by Thomas Edison, to household electronics and appliances, modern aircraft engines, wind turbines, and many more, it is hard to find one aspect of American life not somehow touched by GE’s massive reach.
Founded in 1892 through the merger of companies owned by the likes of Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan, General Electric has always operated as a conglomerate of smaller companies involved in diverse industries and interests. The company went public in 1896 as one of the original 12 companies on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The humble beginnings paved a path of unmatched momentum and monumental success for the company ever since, employing over 205,000 people and generating over $74 billion in revenue in 2021. At its core, however, was the pairing of innovation and manufacturing.
Asbestos Use at GE in Springfield, MA or Providence, RI
Springfield, MA is home to a GE Steam Power facility. GE’s Steam Power business focuses on advancing technology in cleaner coal and nuclear power facilities, and providing engineering and research and development services for industrial plants. GE’s presence in Springfield also consists of a household appliance repair location under the GE Appliances Factory Service umbrella.
The Providence, RI plant (Base Plant) opened in 1918 and was shuttered in the 1990s, making it one of GE’s oldest and longest-operating factories. Primarily a producer of incandescent light bulbs and lamp bases, it employed about 500 people at its peak. The plant was closed due to dropping demand for incandescent bulbs in favor of newer, more efficient bulbs. GE demolished the structure in late 2014.
General Electric produced many of their products using asbestos, which came in many shapes and sizes. Insulation for electrical wiring, household appliances and electronics, steam and nuclear turbines, and furnaces were all manufactured with asbestos as a main ingredient.
The exposure from its products affects not only the American families and businesses who purchased them, but also anyone who serviced or maintained any such equipment, and those GE employees who helped manufacture them. Coupled with the fact that many construction materials used in building the GE production facilities also contain asbestos, employees at these plants were at nearly constant risk of exposure to asbestos fibers. But production line employees are not the only ones with risk factors for asbestos exposure from GE manufacturing facilities; GE employees stationed at power plants, electricians and engineers, construction and demolition workers, and other specialty workers within these facilities all potentially faced serious and long-term exposure to this hazardous material.
GE Mesothelioma Trust Fund & Lawsuits
Due to the company’s large scale, diverse income streams, and immense resources, General Electric has not established a trust fund for asbestos claims; the company has maintained the practice of handling these claims in the courts or via settlement agreements, despite the volume of claims exceeding 400,000.
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