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Knowlton Brothers began when Gurdon Caswell constructed the Pioneer Mill in 1808 in Watertown, New York. The mill was acquired by George Knowlton and Clarke Rice in 1824 and was renamed Knowlton & Rice. The company produced paper and offered printing and binding services. The mill was burned in a fire in 1848 and was rebuilt the following year. Charles Brown and Edward Chamberlain purchased the mill in 1854 and renamed it Brown & Chamberlain. When Brown & Chamberlain’s mortgage defaulted, the mill returned to the Knowlton Family. John Knowlton and George Knowlton, Jr. renamed the operation Knowlton Brothers. In 1987, Franklin Cean purchased the company and renamed it Knowlton Specialty Paper. Today, the company has 100 employees and is known for being the oldest paper mill that is still operating in the United States.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at Knowlton Brothers are now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Boilers, water and steam pipes at the company were coated in asbestos block insulation, insulating cement, and pipe covering. Pumps and valves were also coated in asbestos insulation. Laborers also used asbestos gaskets between flanges, pumps, and valves. Unfortunately, when much of this machinery was repaired and replaced, asbestos dust was emitted into the air and inhaled by laborers.
Asbestos is dangerous because its fibers are extremely fragile and break easily into tiny particles that your body’s air filtration system can’t trap and expel. When asbestos gets into your lungs and stays there, it can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. Risk of diagnosis increases with the length of time that a person has been exposed although even short exposures can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. The most common causes of asbestos exposure are in the workplace or from products in the home. Spouses and family members of workers can also be exposed to asbestos dust and fibers from the clothing the workers wore home from job sites like Knowlton Brothers.
Mesothelioma is a rare disease that is diagnosed between 2,500 and 3,000 times each year. Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos is at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Although most companies knew that asbestos was dangerous, they continued to allow their employees to work with and around asbestos without protective gear until the late 1970s.
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 and we do not get paid unless and until we secure compensation for you.