Penn Dixie Cement Company
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The Howes Cave Lime & Cement Company founded a cement plant and limestone quarry on Industrial Live in Howes Cave, New York in 1867. The Helderberg Cement Company acquired the Howes Cave Lime & Cement Company in 1898 and merged with the Security Cement & Lime Company in 1925, thus forming the North American Cement Company. In 1964, Penn Dixie Cement Co. purchased the quarry and cement operations. Penn Dixie was known for producing powdered cement. Penn Dixie had another cement plant in Blasdell, New York, and a shale quarry in Hamburg, New York. The Blasdell and Hamburg locations ceased operations in 1965 leaving only the Howes Cave quarry in business. Penn Dixie closed the Howes Cave facility in 1976. Flintkote Cement operated the plant from the late 1970s through the early 1980s, with production ceasing in 1986. Currently, the 350-acre limestone quarry belongs to Callanan Industries and is operated by Cobleskill Stone Products.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at Penn Dixie Cement Co. are now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Industrial crane brake linings were lined with asbestos, and these linings were frequently drilled down and agitated. Penn Dixie laborers utilized kilns to produce clinkers from pulverized shale in order to produce cement. The kilns were coated with asbestos refractory cement. Asbestos rope also coated burner pipes. Asbestos gaskets were used to seal flanges, valves, pumps, and other assorted equipment. Gaskets were regularly repaired and replaced, thus sending asbestos fibers into the air. Because laborers were not required to wear protective gear or masks, many of them inhaled these asbestos fibers.
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 Penn Dixie Cement Co.
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.
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