Dating back over numerous decades, many companies immensely profited off of asbestos by manufacturing it to thousands of companies. Although there are now strict regulations, numerous manufacturers still use the life-threatening mineral in their products. In some countries, mass production of asbestos-containing products is still happening today, even with a wealth of information about on how hazardous it is.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be eligible for substantial compensation. There is currently over $30 billion in asbestos trust funds, set up for those who are victims to asbestos-related diseases. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more.
The History of Asbestos Manufacturing
During the 1800s, after learning how asbestos greatly reduced heat and fire, a myriad of businesses began manufacturing it for profit. In the beginning of its manufacturing days, many companies started using asbestos in chemicals and electrics. However, it soon spread to trains, auto parts, vessels, appliances, common household products, and much more. In fact, the majority of homes built in the United States prior to the 1970s were built with at least one asbestos-containing product.
Soon after the asbestos manufacturing business boomed, numerous business began noticing the adverse effects of asbestos when employees and contractors started exhibiting illnesses. Yet, the asbestos industry was lucrative, and instead of providing warnings to workers and protecting them, many companies swept the health warnings under the rug so that their businesses would keep thriving.
One company in particular, Johns Manville, conducted their own internal investigations. After the results proved that asbestos was causing injuries and dangerous illness, the company hid the evidence and continued business as usual. In fact, decades would pass before their hidden internal investigations would surface.
However, by the 1960s, physicians and scientists were gathering their own information on asbestos risks, and by 1964, a clear link between asbestos exposure and cancer was identified. According to research, a plethora of people died from asbestos exposure from 1943 to 1962 after working around asbestos and ingesting its harmful fibers. Yet, there were still no regulations in place and asbestos manufacturers continued to supply it to various companies across the world.
It wasn’t until 1970 that strict regulations were finally placed on asbestos manufacturing. Under the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), which prohibited many of the ways that asbestos was manufactured and used. Over the next several years, companies began to phase out asbestos use, but workers had been exposed for so long that many had already developed life-threatening diseases.
List of Asbestos Products Manufacturers
A myriad of asbestos manufacturers played a part in contributing to dangerous illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer:
- ABB Lummus Global, Inc.
- Armstrong Cork Company (AC&S)
- A.P. Green Industries
- The Abex Corporation
- Amatex Corporation
- Armstrong World Industries
- Babcock, Wilcox & Company
- Bell Asbestos Mines
- Bestwall Gypsum
- BorgWarner Incorporated
- C. E. Thurston Company
- Celotex Corporation
- CertainTeed Corporation
- Combustion Engineering (CE)
- Congoleum Corporation
- Crown Cork & Seal
- Dana Corporation
- EaglePicher Industries Inc.
- Ehret Magnesia Manufacturing Company
- Federal-Mogul Corporation
- The Ford Motor Company
- Foster Wheeler
- General Aniline and Film (GAF) Corporation
- Garlock Sealing Technologies
- General Electric
- General Motors (GM)
- Gold Bond
- H.K. Porter Inc.
- Harbison-Walker Refractories Company
- Honeywell Heating Specialty Co.
- J.H. France Refractories Co., Inc.
- J.T. Thorpe and Son, Inc.
- John Crane Company
- Johns Manville
- Kaiser Aluminum
- Kentile Floors
- Leslie Controls
- Lincoln Electric Company
- M.H. Detrick Company
- Malleable Iron Range Co.
- Mergenthaler Linotype Company
- Mobil Oil Corporation
- National Gypsum
- The Nicolet Company
- North American Refractories Company (NARCO)
- Owens Corning Corporation
- Philadelphia Asbestos Corporation
- Pittsburgh Corning
- Porter Hayden Company
- Rapid American Corporation (Philip Carey Manufacturing Corp.)
- Raybestos Industries
- Rock Wool Manufacturing Company
- Rutland Fire Clay Company
- Shook and Fletcher
- Synkoloid Company
- The Flintkote Company
- Union Asbestos and Rubber Company (UNARCO)
- Union Carbide
- W.R. Grace & Co.
- Western MacArthur Company
- Westinghouse Electric Company
Although these companies were regulated many years ago, former workers, spouses, and adult children of people who worked around asbestos are still being diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses at an alarming rate. In fact, experts speculate that the worst has yet to happen and that the rate of mesothelioma diagnoses will continue to rise.
Because of the sheer amount of deaths and illnesses caused by asbestos, many of the aforementioned companies have set up asbestos trust funds to help compensate future victims. Other companies were sued for millions. In fact, in 2002 alone, over 700,000 plaintiffs filed asbestos lawsuits against more than 8,000 asbestos manufacturers.
Legal Resources For Asbestos Victims
If you’ve been injured by mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, keep in mind that there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us at 800-793-4540.