Kalamazoo has a long industrial history that includes paper mills, windmill parts, musical instruments, and automobile manufacturing. This history led to significant asbestos use and exposure. Many workers and residents were exposed and put at risk of developing mesothelioma and other diseases.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be eligible to receive substantial compensation. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in Kalamazoo, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more.
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Kalamazoo Asbestos Facts
- Michigan experienced over 7,500 asbestos-related deaths from 1999 to 2013.
- A significant number of those deaths occurred in and around Kalamazoo.
- Kalamazoo earned the nickname “Paper City” for the number of paper mills, most of which used asbestos.
- Asbestos continues to be an issue today in older factories and school and other public buildings.
Industry and Asbestos in Kalamazoo
The expansion of America’s railroad system into the Kalamazoo area began the city’s long association with heavy industries. When Kalamazoo gained a connection to the Michigan Central Railway, it partially contributed to an economic boom in the community.
New residents moved to the area to find work in the numerous paper mills. These mills and their paper products earned Kalamazoo the nickname “Paper City.”
By the 20th Century, several new industries came to Kalamazoo, some of which still operate here:
- Electricity and power generation
- Windmill part manufacturing
- Manufacturing of musical instruments
- Beer brewing
Many of the city’s industries operated during a time of peak asbestos use. Additionally, buildings constructed during this period used asbestos in many components, especially insulation.
Even in the 21st Century, long after builders stopped using ACMs to construct new homes, the danger of asbestos exposure persisted and still does.
People who live in homes built in Kalamazoo between 1930 and 1980 are at risk of developing mesothelioma and asbestosis, especially if they disturb asbestos deposits by removing old insulation or doing renovation work.
Ongoing Asbestos Issues in Kalamazoo
Most industries now use little or no asbestos, but the mineral lingers in some workplaces. The city, companies, and workers are still dealing with it today.
One recent example is the Graphic Packaging International company. Hoping to expand its operations in Kalamazoo, Graphic Packaging is facing a multi-million dollar renovation of a vacant industrial site. The project must tackle the problem of lingering asbestos in the area.
Another problem area is the vacant Rock-Tenn paper mill in nearby Otsego. The Environmental Protection Agency is just beginning the cleanup process of the site, which includes demolition of buildings and safe removal of asbestos.
Kalamazoo Job Sites with Asbestos
Thousands of Kalamazoo residents were exposed to asbestos in places where they worked.
Hospitals, Churches, and Schools
- Borgess Hospital (Borgess Health)
- Bronson Methodist Hospital
- Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital
- Central High School
- Kalamazoo College
- Nazareth College
- Old Central High School (now known as the Community Education Center)
- Western Michigan University
- Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA)
Paper Mills and Plants
- Consumers Power Heat Plant
- Georgia Pacific Pulp & Paper
- Kalamazoo Paper Mill
- Karman Sugarbeet Plant
- Sutherland Paper Company
Additional Job Sites and Businesses
- American Cyanamid
- Bond Supply
- C. R. Hough & Son
- Harrow Spring Company
- Industrial Firebrick Inc.
- Kalamazoo Protection Products
- Lapekas Stone Company
- Michigan Bell Telephone
- Ruud Manufacturing Company
- Winkel Machine Co.
Medical Help Near Kalamazoo
The University of Michigan Health System’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor is one of only 41 cancer facilities with a “Comprehensive” designation awarded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
The Center focuses on providing a range of surgical, radiation, and pharmaceutical treatments to patients with all types of cancer, including small cell, non-small cell lung cancer, and malignant mesothelioma.
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (800) 865-1125
Legal Help in Kalamazoo and Additional Information
As previously mentioned, if you’ve been exposed to asbestos and suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. 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 assistance, contact us toll-free 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.