General Motors Chevrolet (Tarrytown)
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William Durant formed the General Motors Corporation in 1916. Chevrolet has long been an essential product line in the GM Corporation.
When Durant began his company, there was already a facility in Tarrytown, now called Sleepy Hollow. This facility was an early automobile factory opened by Stanley Steam Car Company in 1896.
After acquisition by several other companies, including Maxwell-Briscoe, Chevrolet purchased portions of the North Tarrytown facility, which was independent from GM at the time. This occurred in 1914-1915, and when Chevrolet became part of GM in 1918, the plant continued to operate until it finally produced its last minivans in 1996.
Auto plants employ vast networks of high temperature piping and machinery. Plants built until 1980 had asbestos-containing pipes, boilers, turbines, pumps, valves, gaskets, tanks, and other equipment.
Chevrolet Tarrytown workers may also have been exposed through asbestos-containing brake shoes, brake linings and brake pads.
Grinding these brake components to size would have created airborne asbestos fibers. Automobile gaskets, clutches, transmission components and cylinder heads also contained asbestos. Certain plastic components of automobiles like brake blocks and engine components may have contained asbestos as well.
In addition, prior to the 1970s numerous building materials contained asbestos, particularly those used to construct industrial facilities such as automobile plants. These materials included firebrick, electrical panels, joint compounds, tiles, and fireproofing.
Chevrolet’s Tarrytown plant thus had many possible sources of asbestos exposure, making workers there prime suspects for developing asbestos-related disease. Family members of Chevy Tarrytown plant workers may have been exposed to asbestos as fibers can be carried home on clothing or hair.
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