From the 1860s to the present, Cleveland has been a strong state for economic and manufacturing centers, but most job sites once used asbestos excessively. If you’ve been injured by asbestos, a Cleveland mesothelioma lawyer can help you understand your legal options.
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Cleveland Asbestos Facts
- Nearly 1,300 of Ohio’s 10,000 asbestos-related deaths between 1999 and 2013 were in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.
- Industrial job sites in and around Cleveland, including coal mines, steel mills, foundries, and automotive manufacturers used asbestos for decades.
- Some of these sites are still causing exposure issues in the city.
The Republic/LTV ArcelorMittal Cleveland Steel Plant
Steel manufacturing has been one of Cleveland’s major industries since the 1850s.
The ArcelorMittal Cleveland plant is one of the city’s largest and oldest operating steel manufacturing facilities. The plant is made up mainly by pre-existing sections of the old Republic Steel Corporation/LTV plants.
The section on the West Side used to belong to Otis Steel and has been in its present location since 1914. ArcelorMittal’s facilities on the East Side were part of Corrigan McKinney Steel and have operated there since 1913.
These old sections of the plant were built during a period in which asbestos was added to many of the machines needed to process raw iron ore into finished steel products.
Steam pipes, insulation, floor panels, and even workers’ utilities clothing were made with ACMs for safety purposes. Asbestos was also mixed into some of the steel products to make them stronger and more heat resistant.
Workers and their families were exposed to asbestos for decades. Many are now developing mesothelioma and other related illnesses.
National Acme Building
Many of the older industrial job sites in Cleveland are still standing. Some are no longer in use but still pose risks of asbestos exposure to nearby residents.
The National Acme Building, once a manufacturer of machine tools, is no longer in use. But the site is now littered with asbestos.
In 2012, a demolition company hired to take down the building failed to follow proper steps to remediate the asbestos, prompting the IRS to get involved.
Several workers associated with the demolition were sentenced to time in prison plus hefty fines. The same workers were also associated with similar scams at job sites in Louisiana.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now working on cleaning up the site. By 2019, the “EPA removed about 4,000 tons of trash and rubble, deeming the asbestos mix hazardous waste,” according to Cleveland.com.
However, around 30,000 to 40,000 tons of debris and trash still remain.
“And so what this now breeds … (is) dumpers, scrappers, vandals, and now it has affected all these buildings along here.”Councilman Mike Polensek (2019)
Job Sites and Buildings Associated with Asbestos Use in Cleveland
Cleveland’s association with heavy industry and energy production has lasted for over 150 years. Much of that time span coincided with the heyday of the asbestos industry.
Consequently, a wide range of job sites in Cleveland and the surrounding communities have been known to have used asbestos and consumer products made with ACMs.
Schools and Hospitals
- Case School of Engineering
- Case Western Reserve University
- Garfield High School
- Lake City Vocational School
- Rocky River High School
- South High School
- Cleveland State University
- University Hospitals Case Medical Center
- Cleveland Clinic
- Metro Health System
- St. Alexius Hospital
- St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
- St. Michael’s Hospital
- Alloys & Chemical Manufacturing Company
- Avtron Manufacturing Inc.
- Cleveland Welding and Manufacturing Company
- Grabler Manufacturing
- Avtron Manufacturing Inc.
- Dangler Stove and Manufacturing Company
- Eberhard Manufacturing
- Kroehler Manufacturing
- Calcio Chemical Plant
- General Motors (Chevrolet plant)
- City of Cleveland Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Cleveland Wire Plant
- Edgewater Power Plant
- Cleveland Municipal Lighting Plant
- Standard Oil Pilot Plant
- Avon Lake Power Plant
Additional Businesses and Job Sites
- Apex Smelting Company
- Armstrong Contracting & Supply
- Boston & Ohio Railroad
- Bronson Portland Cement Company
- Champion Machine & Forging
- Chandler & Price
- City of Cleveland Board of Public Service
- Cleveland: Fairmont Pump Station Rehabilitation
- Kirkland Street Pumping Station
- Cleveland & Sandusky Brewing Corporation
- Cleveland and Elyria Electric Railway
- Cleveland Arcade
- Cleveland Board of Education
- Cleveland City Cable Railway
- Cleveland City Forge and Iron
- Cleveland Frog and Crossing Co.
- Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Cleveland Transit Drill Company
- Fisher Body and Casting
- Cleveland Botanical Garden
- Hinde and Dauch Paper Company
- Hollenden Hotel
- Perfection Stove Corporation
- Plain Dealer Publishing Co.
- Rauch and Lang
- Red Seal Electric Company
- Reliance Electric & Engineering Co.
- Schlather Brewing Company
- Swasey Company Boiler House
- Thompson Ramo Wooldridge
- W.H. Hanna
- White Sewing Machine Company
- The W.M. Pattison Supply Company
- WHK Broadcasting Studio
- West Ninth St. Terminal Warehouse
- Waldron Firebrick & Insulation
- United States Aluminum Company
- Troy Laundry Machinery
- Union Carbide & Carbon Chemical Corporation
- Union Rolling Mill Company
- Todd Welding Company
- Zurowski Greenhouse
Cancer Treatment in Cleveland
There are two major medical facilities in Cleveland that provide cancer treatment for victims of asbestos-related diseases: the Cleveland Clinic and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Founded in 1921, the Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit medical center that combines multi-specialty medical care with academic research. Its Taussig Cancer Institute provides surgical procedures, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and drug-based treatment options.
2010 East 90th Street
Cleveland, OH, 44195
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) is one of only 41 medical facilities in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-5065
Legal Help in Cleveland and Additional Information
If you’ve been injured by asbestos, there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Don’t forget to get our free Financial Compensation Packet for information on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area.
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 significant compensation 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.