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History of Raytheon
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Raytheon was originally founded as the American Appliance Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1922. The company’s initial focus was refrigeration but soon shifted to electronics after its first product was released. The gaseous rectifier, a device that used helium to convert alternating current to direct current, gave the company the sales push it needed to begin expansion. Rebranded as Raytheon in 1925, the company underwent a merger with an electron tube and switch manufacturer and acquired another company that produced transformers, electronic auto parts, and other power equipment.
Since World War II, Raytheon has been a major contractor for the United States military by making significant technological contributions to support systems and weaponry. The company manufactured magnetron tubes for use in radar systems to detect planes and submarines; created the first missile guidance system for striking targets in mid-air; and developed a modern, long-range radar system for the Air Force. Aside from its military defense developments, other arms of Raytheon’s business focused on producing radio and television transmitters and microwave ovens, either through its own innovations or acquisitions of other companies.
Asbestos Use at Raytheon in Massachusetts
Working in a manufacturing environment can be acutely dangerous. A production facility for weaponry typically involves high levels of heat in order to shape and mold metals and create artillery and other components. Prior to 1980, asbestos had been widely used in manufacturing settings across many industries for several decades because it was a very inexpensive, available, and effective insulator.
Manufacturing equipment and machinery, as well as other components used to manage the facility’s utilities, typically contained asbestos (asbestos insulation, specifically) to help control temperatures and make the equipment safer for its operators to use. Due to the high levels of heat throughout these facilities, workers typically wore full protective gear made from fibers woven with asbestos to protect against this heat.
Considering the era in which they were built, the factories and plants themselves likely contain construction materials that contained asbestos as well, such as plumbing and steam pipes, electrical wiring, concrete, floor tiles, and more. There was a nearly constant, persistent opportunity for plant workers, facility inspectors, maintenance technicians, delivery personnel, and others to be exposed to asbestos.
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