Honeywell came from humble origins as a Minnesota-based heating system company to become what is now a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing firm. Corporate giant Allied Signal Inc. and Honeywell merged in 1999 and currently operate under the name Honeywell International in Allied’s former corporate headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey.
With the merger, Honeywell assumed a company that had more than $15 billion in annual sales. But it also inherited asbestos liabilities from Allied subsidiaries Allied Chemical, North American Refractories Company (NARCO) and Bendix. Honeywell’s asbestos-related liabilities total nearly $3 billion, and workers who were exposed to asbestos at Allied Signal and its subsidiaries continue to file asbestos lawsuits against Honeywell.
The New York mesothelioma attorneys at Belluck & Fox have spent more than 25 years meticulously documenting asbestos exposure at New York job sites, including exposure at sites owned by Honeywell and Allied Signal subsidiaries. We know how and where workers were exposed to asbestos on-the-job, as well as what products put tradespeople at risk after they went to market.
We have recovered more than $1 billion for asbestos victims and their families, and we can help you if you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis. For a free case review, contact Belluck & Fox.
Asbestos Exposure at Honeywell’s Allied Signal Subsidiaries
The Allied name disappeared when it merged with Honeywell. Although the names have changed, the facts surrounding Allied’s asbestos use have not. Companies knew for decades that asbestos causes cancer and respiratory diseases, yet they failed to warn workers.
At the end of 2017, Honeywell’s asbestos-related liabilities totaled an estimated $2.61 billion. These liabilities stem from Allied Signal’s use of asbestos at Allied Chemical, NARCO and Bendix.
Allied Chemical and Asbestos
Allied Chemical — a predecessor of Allied Signal — used asbestos in its factories and production processes at three chemical plants in Western New York:
- Allied Chemical Buffalo Plant in Buffalo, NY
- Allied Chemical Solvay Plant in Solvay, NY
- Allied Chemical Towanda Plant in Towanda, NY
Asbestos-containing boilers, furnaces, ovens, pipe systems, pumps, valves, gaskets, ductwork, cement, bricks, insulation and other refractory materials were used at Allied Chemical, placing former workers at risk for asbestos disease.
Learn more about asbestos exposure at Allied Chemical in New York.
North American Refractories Company (NARCO) and Asbestos
Allied Signal’s NARCO subsidiary made asbestos-containing refractory materials such as bricks, cement and ceramics that were designed to resist high temperatures and used in numerous industrial applications. Specific NARCO products that contained asbestos include Aerogun, Narcocast, Narcogun, Narcolite, Narmag and Unicote.
NARCO established an asbestos trust in 2013 to pay workers who were exposed to asbestos from the company’s products. Many New York job sites are named by the trust as places where workers might have been exposed to asbestos from NARCO products, including the following locations:
- A&P Tea Co. in Brockport
- Ainsbrooke Knitting in Warsaw
- Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Lackawanna
- Bristol Labs on Thompson Road in East Syracuse
- Castle-Hanson Corp. at 860 Maple St. in Rochester
- Cocker Saw Co. in Burt
- General Motors Corp. at 1001 E. Delavan Ave. in Buffalo
- General William J. Donovan State Office Building at 125 Main St. in Buffalo
- Glenshaw Glass Co. in Orangeburg
- Harpur College in Vestal
- International Business Machines Corp. in Endicott
- International Paper Co. on Lake Shore Road in Ticonderoga
- International Paper Co.at Ticonderga Mill #10 in Ticonderoga
- Iola Power House at East Henrietta Road in Rochester
- Keil Charcoal Co. Inc. Retort Plant in Dolgeville
- Kencroft Malleable Co. Inc. Kencroft Warehouse Div. at 373 Hertel Ave. in Buffalo
- Lummus Co. in New York City
- M.J. Kelly Co. at 234 Wythe Ave. in Brooklyn
- Mobil Oil Co. at 503 Elk St. in Buffalo
- Newton Falls Paper Co. in Newton Falls
- Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. at 161 W. Schuyler St. in Oswego
- Niagara Power Co. in Oswego
- Oneida County Boiler Works at 611 Mortimer St. in Utica
- Orange & Rockland Utilities at Lovett Station in Tomkins Cove
- Peter Cooper Industries in Tonawanda
- Pfaudler Co. at 1000 West Ave. in Rochester
- Pfaudler Permutit Corp. at 1000 West Ave. in Rochester
- Republic Steel Mason Dept. at 1175 S. Park Ave. in Buffalo
- Reynolds Metals Co. on South Grasse River Road in Massena
- Rochester Gas & Electric at Mill Street Bee Bee Station in Rochester
- Samuel Greenfield Co. at 31 Stone St. in Buffalo
- Sucrest Corp. at 112 Beard St. in Brooklyn
- Summerhay’s Refractory Supplies Inc. at 620 Clinton Ave. in Rochester
- Syracuse University Steam Station at 500 Taylor St. in Syracuse
- U.S. Military Academy at West Point
- United Fruit Trading Corp. at Pier #3, North River, New York City
- Universal Metals in Brooklyn
- Watkins Salt Co. in Watkins Glen
- Whitehaven Memorial Park at 210 Marsh Road in Pittsford
- Windsor Building Supplies Co. on Route 32 in Vails Gate
- Windsor Building Supplies Co. on Rt. 7 North Road in Poughkeepsie
The trust also names a number of professions that are presumed to have been exposed to NARCO asbestos products at these locations, including boiler workers, brick workers, furnace workers, coke workers and heat system workers.
Workers diagnosed with asbestos disease may be entitled to file a claim for compensation with the NARCO trust, in addition to other asbestos trusts. They may also be able to file a lawsuit against companies that have not yet established trusts. To learn more, contact Belluck & Fox.
Bendix Factories and Asbestos
Bendix Friction Materials, which was subsumed by Honeywell in its merger with Allied, used asbestos in brake and clutch pad products until 2001. Honeywell sold its Bendix business in 2014 but retains any and all liability stemming from Bendix and the Honeywell Friction Materials business.
Bendix had a brake manufacturing facility at what is now Honeywell Friction Materials on 3 Tibbits Ave. in Green Island, New York. Factory workers at Bendix Green Island were exposed to asbestos during the manufacturing process. Mechanics and other workers who maintained, repaired or replaced Bendix asbestos brakes were also at risk of exposure to deadly asbestos fibers.
Honeywell has paid numerous multi-million-dollar asbestos verdicts related to Bendix brakes. You do not need to be a Bendix employee or retiree to pursue an asbestos claim against Bendix for its brakes.
Justice for Asbestos Victims and Their Families
Belluck & Fox has a strong track record of successfully taking on big asbestos companies and winning maximum compensation for our clients. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with an asbestos disease after working at Allied Chemical, or working with NARCO or Bendix products at New York job sites, Honeywell may bear legal responsibility.
- NARCO Asbestos Trust
- Insurance Journal: Honeywell Facing SEC Probe Over Asbestos Liability Reporting
- Honeywell: Honeywell Reaches Agreement to Sell Friction Materials Business to Federal-Mogul
- Federal Mogul: Federal-Mogul Completes Purchase of Honeywell Friction Business
- The New York Times: Allied Signal and Honeywell to Announce Merger Today