American Olean Tile Company was founded in 1913 in Olean, New York, and has been owned by several larger companies, including the National Gypsum Company. It is now a subsidiary of Mohawk Industries in Calhoun, Georgia.
Through American Olean and several other concerns, Mohawk Industries is the world’s largest flooring company and the largest ceramic tile manufacturer in the United States.
American Olean Tile Company manufactures tile products for residential and commercial applications. Its products can be found in:
- Dining rooms
- Living rooms
Historically, ceramics, clays, and glazes used to make tile have contained a variety of hazardous materials, including asbestos. Tile grout and cement made years ago may contain asbestos, as well.
Asbestos is a carcinogen that, when released into the air, can be inhaled or swallowed, causing mesothelioma, lung cancers and respiratory diseases.
It has been known since the 1920s that asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, which is an incurable cancer. Since then, manufacturers who used asbestos knew or should have known they were endangering their employees, customers, and others.
The nationally recognized asbestos attorneys of Belluck & Fox have extensive experience fighting for workers and families who have been harmed by asbestosis diseases.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos disease and have a history of contact with American Olean Tile Company products, you need to talk to our knowledgeable attorneys about your right to compensation.
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Potential for Asbestos Exposure Through American Olean Tile
Individuals who made or installed American Olean Tile Company products are very likely to have been exposed to asbestos as they made tiles, cut tiles to fit and/or as they applied tile cement and grout that contained asbestos. They may have been American Olean Tile factory workers, staff, floor tile installers or homeowners may have been exposed to asbestos.
American Olean Tile has operated plants and raw materials locations across America, including in:
- Olean, New York
- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
- Fayette, Alabama
- Florence, Alabama
- Lewisport, Kentucky
- Attleboro, Massachusetts
- Apple Creek, Ohio
- Muskogee, Oklahoma
- Dickson, Texas
- El Paso, Texas
- Sunnyvale, Texas
- Rutland, Vermont
- Spokane, Washington
- Monterrey, Mexico
Any other workers or tradesmen present when asbestos-containing tile was cut and laid, such as carpenters, painters and tapers, as well as supervisors and inspectors, could have been exposed as friable (crushable) asbestos became airborne.
Individuals involved in removing tile during demolition projects would be exposed to friable asbestos as floors, walls, backsplashes, pool decks, etc., were broken apart, even if they used appropriate protective gear.
In addition, do-it-yourselfers who installed or removed tile in their homes, patios, offices, etc., may have exposed themselves to asbestos.
History of American Olean Tile Company
Charles T. Fuller, O.W. Pierce, and Gordon D. Philips joined to open the original Olean tile factory in Olean, N.Y., in 1913. Fuller and Pierce had recruited Philips from Alfred University, well regarded even then for its ceramics department.
The company prospered for decades, occupying a plant on East State Street (Route 417) in Olean and employing some 450 people by 1964. However, like many companies over the course of their lives, Olean changed ownership multiple times.
Owners of American Olean Tile Company have included:
- National Gypsum Company, which bought Olean in 1958 and renamed it American Olean Tile Company
- Armstrong World Industries, which bought American Olean Tile Co. in 1988
- Dal-Tile, a Dallas company, which bought American Olean Tile in 1995
- Mohawk Industries, which absorbed Dal-Tile in a merger in 2001
Each new owner was a larger company that allowed more American Olean Tile products to be produced, and for them to be distributed more widely across the United States, North America, and the world.
The original Olean tile plant closed in December 2012, with work shifting to a sister facility in Gettysburg, Pa., which became the only Dal-Tile facility in the U.S. producing mosaic tile. At the time, the Olean, N.Y., plant had 174 employees, many who had worked there for decades.
American Olean Tile and the National Gypsum Company
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and can take decades to manifest. That is why asbestos exposure among former factory, plant, and mill workers is an issue today.
Many retirees who have become ill can trace their disease to jobs they held in the middle of the 20th century when asbestos use was prevalent.
National Gypsum Company owned American Olean Time Company during the years of greatest concern for those who may have been harmed by exposure to asbestos in a plant or through use of its tiles and tile products (grout, cement, etc.).
The dangers of asbestos began to be publicized in the 1940s and ’50s, and its use was phased out by the early 1980s. National Gypsum essentially owns the American Olean Tile Company’s asbestos history.
The National Gypsum Company (NGC) was incorporated in Delaware in 1925 as a diversified manufacturer and supplier of products and services for the building and construction markets. NGC also mined asbestos.
Numerous lawsuits filed against NGC have alleged bodily injury from exposure to asbestos or NGC products that contained asbestos, including joint compound. The NGC Bodily Injury Trust (NGCBIT) became effective on August 6, 2003, following confirmation of the second NGC Plan of Reorganization (bankruptcy), to pay asbestos exposure claims.
The NGCBIT began allowing claims in 2004. As of January 1, 2018, the NGCBIT has received 360,594 asbestos claims and has paid more than $433 million to 212,539 claimants.
Let Our Asbestos Claim Attorneys Fight for You
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, even decades after having worked for American Olean Tile Company or with its products, you should contact our experienced asbestos exposure claim attorneys today.
The New York asbestos injury attorneys at Belluck & Fox can review medical records and work history determine whether you may be eligible to file a claim for payment.
We have helped countless individuals and families recover compensation for companies with asbestos exposure through legal claims and settlement trust funds. Our skilled asbestos attorneys may be able to negotiate payments for:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering you and/or your family members have been through
- Funeral and burial expenses if an asbestos-related illness caused your loved one’s death
Belluck & Fox has recovered almost $1 billion for all workers exposed to asbestos and their families. Contact us today to set up a free, no-obligation legal consultation. You will hear from one of our attorneys within 24 hours to discuss your claim.
- American Olean
- NGC Bodily Injury Trust
- Olean Times Herald: Farewell, Dal-Tile
- InspectApedia: Asbestos & Lead Content in Ceramic Floor Tile or Ceramic Wall Tile?
- Bloomberg: Company Overview of American Olean Tile Company
- Mohawk Industries: Corporate Overview
- The Villager: Looking Back at Olean Tile