Waterbury, a city which provided thousands of manufacturing jobs during World War II and helped equip Allied forces with everything from bullets to uniform buttons, was affected by its heavy use of asbestos in these industries. Many workers later developed serious asbestos-related illnesses as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
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Waterbury Asbestos Facts
- In the state of Connecticut there were 3,049 cases of asbestos-related deaths between 1999 and 2013.
- New Haven County, home to Waterbury, had nearly 700 asbestos deaths during that period, the highest in the state.
- Known as “Brass City,” Waterbury’s long industrial history has been a major contributor to area asbestos exposure and resulting illnesses.
Asbestos in “Brass City”
Founded in the late 17th Century, Waterbury began as a small New England town with no major industries until the early 1800s. During the 19th Century, Waterbury became a major center for brass manufacturing.
The city’s many factories along the Naugatuck and Mad Rivers attracted workers from all over the world, making Waterbury a major source of jobs for immigrants. The area earned the nickname “Brass City” because of the wide variety of brass products made there.
Waterbury’s industries shifted their focus from consumer goods to military-related products during World War II. Chase Brass and Copper produced 50 million cartridge cases and mortar shells, over a billion small caliber projectiles, and even some of the components for the world’s first nuclear weapons.
Through both the brass and the war industries, Waterbury workers were exposed to asbestos. It was used because it resists fire, insulates, and adds tensile strength to metals and other building materials.
However, its fibrous nature and cancer-causing properties make asbestos toxic to humans, and many men and women who worked in Waterbury job sites later developed fatal diseases, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Waterbury was, until the 1970s, an industrial city. It produced about a third of the country’s brass products even before it reached its economic peak in the 1940s. There were many job sites where asbestos exposure occurred regularly. These job sites not only included factories and metal foundries, but also power plants, lumber mills, auto repair shops, and government buildings, including courthouses and public schools.
Recent Demolitions Highlight Asbestos Risks
Although the heavy use of asbestos in the city’s industries is well in the past, the harmful mineral haunts the area to this day. The asbestos that remains in older sites poses a risk to workers and residents in the area.
As an example, demolition began recently at the site of the former Anamet Manufacturing Complex. Built in the 1850s, the complex is riddled with asbestos and other toxic materials. The demolition itself may be risky, but it should remove remaining asbestos and make the site safer for residents.
Waterbury Job Sites with Known Asbestos
Brass, Manufacturing, and Power Companies
- American Brass Company
- Chase Brass and Copper Company
- Mattatuck Manufacturing Company
- Waterbury Clock (later known as Timex)
- Waterbury Brass Company
- Anaconda-American Brass Company
- Scovill Manufacturing Company
- Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P)
- Waterbury Buckle Company
- Cly-Del Manufacturing Corporation
- Somers Thin Strip Brass
- Waterbury Button Company
- Randolph Clowes Company
- Benedict & Burnham Company
- American Cyanamid
- Waterbury Trust Company
- Connecticut Railway & Lighting Company
- Anderson Grammar School
- Blessed Sacrament School
- Bunker Hill Elementary School
- Chase Collegiate Private School
- Crosby High School
- East End High School
- East Mountain Elementary School
- Holy Cross High School
- FJ Kingsbury Elementary School
- Our Lady of MT Carmel School
- North End Middle School
- St. Anne School
- Waterbury Elementary School
- Kennedy High School
- Waterbury State Technical School
- Wilby High School
- Wilson Alternative School
- Naugatuck Community College
- St. Mary’s Hospital
- Waterbury Hospital
Other Companies and Buildings
- Sacred Heart Rectory
- Sears Roebuck
- Sealtest Dairy
- Berkeley Heights Housing
- Dimes Savings Bank
- Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center
- Elton Hotel
- Holmes Booth & Haydens Mfg. Company
- Waterbury Lock
National Cancer Institute-Designated Facilities in Connecticut
- Yale Cancer Center: 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, Ct. Box 208028, 203-785-4191
Getting Legal Help in Waterbury
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, you may qualify for substantial compensation. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for info on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area. For questions and assistance, feel free to contact us at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Mesothelioma Attorney Paul Danziger
Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.