Founded in 1920 and established in 1915, A.P. Green Industries is a refractory products manufacturer based out of Moon Township, Pennsylvania. As with many refractory companies, prior to the 1970s, A.P. Green Industries relied heavily on asbestos when making its products, resulting in an array of life-threatening illnesses among workers. Consequently, multiple mesothelioma lawsuits followed, forcing the company to set up a trust fund to ensure future claimants were compensated.
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A.P. Green Industries History
A.P. Green Industries started out as a tiny brick-making company in Mexico, Missouri. It was created by Allen Percival Green, an entrepreneur from Missouri who bought a brick manufacturing plant for $85,000, in 1920. Within five years, Green had more than doubled his investment as his business expanded. He purchased a larger factory and began specializing in refractory products that had the ability to withstand fire and extremely high temperatures.
In order to withstand such extreme temperatures, A.P. Green Industries, just as with an array of other companies prior to regulations, relied on asbestos. In fact, asbestos was used in several A.P. Green Industries products, including:
- A. P. Green Insulating Cement
- SK-7 Insulating Castables
- Green PC
As with any company that exposes so many people to the harmful effects of asbestos, a plethora of lawsuits soon plagued A.P. Green Industries. Workers from many different occupational fields began developing malignant mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, and other asbestos injuries due to the constant exposure of asbestos fibers from company’s products.
A.P. Green Industries and Mesothelioma Lawsuits
In just a little over 12 years, from 1995 to 2007, A.P. Green Industries faced an astounding 357,000 asbestos-related lawsuits, brought against them by numerous workers and contractors who fell ill from constant asbestos exposure. In 2002, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Although they cited an economic recession for the reason behind filing for bankruptcy, the primary reason stemmed from the exorbitant amount of asbestos-related lawsuits brought against them.
In order to file for bankruptcy, however, A.P. Green Industries was required to set up an asbestos trust fund to handle all future claims. Since A.P. Green Industries was acquired by the U.S. Gypsum Company in 1967, the asbestos trust fund is set up under the United States Gypsum (USG) Asbestos Personal Injury Trust. Currently, A.P. Green Industries has paid out over $400 million to asbestos victims.
Workers Injured By A.P. Green Industries
Refractory companies are responsible for great numbers of products, and therefore, as mentioned earlier, workers from all types of industries were placed at risk. For instance, installers and technicians were constantly exposed to cements and adhesives containing asbestos, while repair workers and plant workers were exposed to asbestos in machinery and equipment. According to estimations, the majority of A.P. Green Industries’ products contained around 15% or more asbestos.
It’s important to note, however, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that no amount of asbestos is safe, regardless of how little or how much a product contains. In addition, although the more you are exposed to asbestos, the higher your risk becomes of developing a dangerous illness, being exposed only a few times may also result in danger. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos or think you may have been, it’s important to contact your physician immediately for a medical checkup.
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