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Garlock Sealing Technologies was founded in 1887 by Olin Garlock. The company is known for manufacturing fluid-sealing products like gaskets and compression packing. Palmyra, New York houses the main processing facility. Garlock Sealing Technology filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010 to form a trust to resolve asbestos claims against the company.
Before December 31, 2000, Garlock Sealing Technology’s products contained asbestos in the forms of asbestos cloth, packing materials, and gaskets. Raw asbestos fibers arrived at the Garlock Palmyra plant in 100-pound bales. Asbestos was then poured into hoppers and torn apart manually. The fibers then went through a carding machine to create a type of yarn, which was then spun into a thread. Laborers then employed a loom to weave the asbestos thread into cloth.
Asbestos fibers were also incorporated into various materials at Garlock including rubber, staining agents, and filler materials. The materials were combined and then squeezed into sheet gasket material or molds.
Furthermore, the Palmyra plant’s equipment was coated in asbestos-laden block insulation and pipe covering. Unfortunately, many workers inhaled asbestos fibers while repairing and maintaining the steam lines and boilers.
Many individuals who worked at Garlock Sealing Technologies are being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer.
At Belluck & Fox, our nationally recognized asbestos attorneys have extensive experience fighting for families and workers exposed to asbestos. We are proud to have secured more than $1 billion so far for asbestos victims and their families.
We are ready to help you. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, where we will review your claim and discuss all your legal options. Our law firm does not charge any legal fees upfront to begin work on asbestos claims, and we do not get paid unless and until we secure compensation for you.