AC&S Inc. Asbestos Litigation & Lawsuits
AC&S Inc. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is an insulation contracting and supply company that has been the object of hundreds of thousands of asbestos exposure personal injury claims.
For many years, the company, also known as ACandS, manufactured asbestos-containing products used across the country. Therefore, it has agreed to a bankruptcy plan that includes a multi-million-dollar trust fund to compensate ill workers and family members.
Individuals who have been exposed to AC&S asbestos products and who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, or another asbestos-related disease may be able to obtain compensation through the ACandS Asbestos Settlement Trust.
The asbestos settlement trust has identified nearly 1,500 payment-eligible sites nationwide, including 69 in New York State, where AC&S asbestos-laden insulation materials were present for decades. They include businesses of all kinds, factories, Navy shipyards, schools, hospitals, and more.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos disease after working, living, or conducting other business at one of the identified AC&S asbestos sites, the dedicated New York asbestos claims attorneys at Belluck & Fox can help you.
The ACandS asbestos trust has complex policies and requirements, including required documentation, that must be met for asbestos exposure claims to be paid. Our nationally recognized New York best mesothelioma lawyers can ensure your claim is complete and accurate, and we will defend it as trust administrators audit it.
You can count on the skilled representation and personalized attention at Belluck & Fox, which has already recovered more than $1 billion for asbestos exposure victims and their families.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We do not charge fees unless and until we secure compensation for you. There are no upfront fees required to prepare and file an asbestos claim.
A History of AC&S Asbestos Products
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The company known today as ACandS Inc. has its roots in the Armstrong Cork Company, which started installing cork insulation products in cold storage facilities in the early 1900s. By the 1930s, it had acquired several local insulation contractors and was a national insulation contracting business.
As it grew, Armstrong Cork began to produce and install medium- and high-temperature insulation products for commercial and industrial applications. These products contained asbestos, a fibrous silicate material with natural heat-resistance qualities.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen that can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other serious illnesses. Despite the known dangers, many manufacturers used asbestos in a variety of materials as late as the early 1980s. In fact, its use has still not been banned in the United States.
Armstrong Cork Company became known as Armstrong Contracting and Supply Corporation in 1958 and, in the late 1960s, was sold to its employees in a leveraged buyout and renamed ACandS Inc. A company known as North Lime Corporation was formed in 1969 to facilitate this transaction.
North Lime Corp. later became Irex Corporation, which today is a holding company for several construction and contracting firms.
ACandS Inc. primarily engaged in the installation of thermal and mechanical insulation. Effective January 1, 1974, ACandS adopted a policy that it would no longer furnish or install friable asbestos-containing materials. ACandS also performed asbestos abatement and other environmental remediation work in the 1980s.
Certain products installed by ACandS between 1958 and 1974 are known to have contained asbestos. This includes a variety of pipe coverings, cements, and block insulation.
Like many companies that had a history of producing asbestos-containing products, ACandS faced numerous lawsuits at the close of the 20th century, and it filed for bankruptcy in September 2002.
After years of litigation, the ACandS Asbestos Settlement Trust was created in 2008 as part of the ACandS Chapter 11 Joint Plan of Reorganization. The trust was created to process and pay (or “liquidate”) valid asbestos personal injury claims. Meanwhile, ACandS was allowed to restructure and remains in business today.
Were You Exposed to Asbestos at a Confirmed ACandS Site?
As part of its bankruptcy settlement and the establishment of a trust fund for asbestos claim payments, ACandS Inc. (aka AC&S) identified nearly 1,500 sites across the country where exposure to asbestos-containing ACandS products had been possible for decades.
They include Armstrong Cork Company sites in Fulton, N.Y.; Lancaster, Pa.; and several other states, as well as many other factories, power plants, naval shipyards, office buildings, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and multi-tenant residences across the United States.
Sites identified in New York State and the initial potential asbestos exposure date (all exposures ceased as of December 31, 1982, due to asbestos-abatement measures) are:
|T & R Restaurant||Albany||NY||4/1/1964|
|Amherst Central High School||Amherst||NY||8/12/1970|
|Attica State Prison – Building 32 – Cell Block||Attica||NY||9/15/1964|
|New York Telephone Company||Auburn||NY||8/26/1970|
|New York State Electric & Gas Corporation – Jennison Station||Bainbridge||NY||11/1/1968|
|Saratoga County Infirmary||Ballston Spa||NY||3/6/1973|
|Batavia Downs Raceway – Grandstand||Batavia||NY||11/3/1965|
|Charles Pfizer & Company||Brooklyn||NY||1/1/1970|
|Long Island University – Zeckendorf Campus||Brooklyn||NY||6/21/1968|
|New York Telephone Building – 2177 Albemahle Road||Brooklyn||NY||3/8/1965|
|C W Post College – Heating & Refrigeration Plant – Long Island – Nassau County||Brookville||NY||4/30/1969|
|Allied Chemical Corporation||Buffalo||NY||4/13/1961|
|Sealtest Ice Cream – 235 Elm St.||Buffalo||NY||9/30/1969|
|Sisters of Charity Hospital||Buffalo||NY||5/19/1966|
|Scott Paper Company||Chester||NY||12/23/1968|
|New York State Electric & Gas Corporation||Dryden||NY||8/28/1962|
|New York Telephone Company||Elmira||NY||9/28/1970|
|New York Telephone Company – Wisner Park||Elmira||NY||2/20/1969|
|IBM Corporation – 1701 North Street||Endicott||NY||11/17/1969|
|IBM Corporation – Building 47||Endicott||NY||4/19/1972|
|IBM Corporation – Buildings 4 & 21||Endicott||NY||3/9/1972|
|IBM Corporation – Buildings 5 & 9||Endicott||NY||3/24/1966|
|IBM Corporation – Cafeteria||Endicott||NY||6/5/1962|
|Shea Stadium – Concessions||Flushing||NY||4/11/1965|
|Armstrong Cork Company||Fulton||NY||1/1/1958|
|Black & Clawson Company||Fulton||NY||5/15/1961|
|State University of New York – Dormitories & Dining Hall||Geneseo||NY||5/12/1966|
|IBM Corporation – SDD Laboratory||Glendale||NY||7/1/1969|
|Colgate University – Heating Plant||Hamilton||NY||5/31/1966|
|Colgate University – Olin Life Science Building||Hamilton||NY||2/19/1969|
|Colgate University – Service Building||Hamilton||NY||8/10/1969|
|Cornell University – Agronomy Building||Ithaca||NY||6/18/1965|
|Cornell University – Freshman Center||Ithaca||NY||8/23/1966|
|Cornell University – Newman Hall||Ithaca||NY||11/1/1961|
|Cornell University – Undergrad Library||Ithaca||NY||11/1/1961|
|New York State Electric & Gas Corporation – Millikan Street||Ludlowville||NY||6/18/1962|
|Menands Telephone Company – 11 Ward Lane||Menands||NY||1/19/1971|
|Apartment Building – 63rd Street & Second Avenue||New York||NY||4/6/1965|
|Beaunit Mills Incorporated – 261 N. Fifth Ave.||New York||NY||1/1/1958|
|CBS Administration Headquarters Building – 51 W. 52nd St.||New York||NY||8/28/1963|
|CBS Administration Headquarters Building – 52 W. 53rd St.||New York||NY||2/18/1965|
|Fordham University – Auditorium & Tower Building – Columbus Avenue & 62nd Street||New York||NY||8/22/1967|
|General Motors – 58th Street & 5th Avenue||New York||NY||8/31/1966|
|Memorial Center for Cancer – Nurses Residence – 488 E. 67th St.||New York||NY||4/24/1961|
|Memorial Hospital – Cancer & Allied Disease – 417-435 E. 86th St.||New York||NY||6/25/1965|
|Mount Sinai Clinic – Research Pavilion||New York||NY||9/16/1965|
|New York Telephone Company – 32 Sixth Ave.||New York||NY||5/5/1970|
|Office Building – 150 William St.||New York||NY||8/2/1966|
|Schraffts Restaurant – 250 W. 57th St.||New York||NY||9/7/1961|
|Schraffts Restaurant – 417 Fifth Ave.||New York||NY||7/27/1965|
|Yeshiva University – Belfer Graduate School – 2495 Amsterdam Ave.||New York||NY||11/7/1968|
|E I Dupont De Nemours||Niagara Falls||NY||3/18/1965|
|Hooker Chemical Company||Niagara Falls||NY||1/7/1970|
|New York Telephone Company||Oneida||NY||9/10/1969|
|Idlewild Airport – Braniff – Northeast Northwest||Queens||NY||7/12/1961|
|New York Telephone Company||Rome||NY||10/19/1970|
|General Electric – Research & Development Center||Schenectady||NY||11/13/1970|
|General Electric – Riverview Plant – Building 14 – Campbell Avenue||Schenectady||NY||8/9/1972|
|General Electric Company – #1 River Road||Schenectady||NY||1/1/1958|
|General Electric Company – Project 70076||Schenectady||NY||4/12/1972|
|General Electric Company – Polymer Products Business Section – Noryl Avenue||Selkirk||NY||10/4/1971|
|New York State Electric & Gas Company – Turbine||Syracuse||NY||4/26/1967|
|Niagara Mohawk Company||Syracuse||NY||10/18/1971|
|Solvay Process Company||Syracuse||NY||1/13/1964|
|New York Telephone Company – Genesee Street||Utica||NY||2/1/1969|
|Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation||Utica||NY||2/12/1965|
|Harpur College – Administration Building||Vestal||NY||1/13/1966|
|Harpur College – Dormitories D & E||Vestal||NY||6/9/1966|
The ACandS Trust distribution procedures require claimants to demonstrate meaningful and credible exposure “to asbestos or asbestos-containing products for which ACandS has legal responsibility.”
If you or your loved one worked or otherwise were regularly present at one of the sites above between the stated date and December 31, 1982, and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you should speak with our knowledg