Green Bay is the third largest city in Wisconsin. At the head of Green Bay, on Lake Michigan, the city’s economy has long centered on heavy industry, especially meatpacking and paper. Along with its shipping port, Green Bay’s industries have contributed to the problem of asbestos exposure in workers.
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Green Bay Asbestos Facts
- Between 1999 and 2013, nearly 7,000 people in Wisconsin died from asbestos-related diseases.
- Of those deaths, more than 250 were in Brown County and Green Bay.
- Major contributors to asbestos exposure and illness in the area include paper mills, lumber companies, and the meatpacking industry.
Green Bay Industry and Asbestos
Green Bay has a long history of industry, which began in the 1800s with logging and lumber. As the city grew in population, iron smelting joined lumber as a major industry and type of employer in the area. Eventually, meatpacking and paper mills joined the regional industry. All of these industries have used asbestos over the years.
In the lower Fox River area of Wisconsin that includes Green Bay, there are 24 paper mills currently in operation. Atlanta-based paper manufacturer Georgia-Pacific is the city’s fifth-largest employer after the company’s acquisition of the Fort James Corporation in 2000.
Green Bay’s asbestos problem started with sawmills and lumberyards, when they were the city’s principal employers. Most of the machinery used in sawmills were susceptible to friction and heat and ran on steam power. To prevent breakdowns and fires, heat-resistant asbestos additives were applied to a circular saw blades and gang saws, as well as to the boilers.
The Baper mills operating in and around Green Bay used asbestos for similar reasons. While asbestos use is no minimal or non-existent in all of these industries, it lingers in older buildings and its effects linger in former workers.
Job Sites and Businesses Associated With Asbestos Use in Green Bay
Many companies relied on asbestos at one point in Green Bay. Older buildings, including schools and other public facilities, also contain asbestos:
Schools and Hospitals
- Ashwaubenon High School
- Norwood Elementary School
- Southwest Elementary School
- Bellin Healthcare Systems (also known as Bellin Memorial Hospital)
- Sisters of Our Lady Charity
Mills and Paper Companies
- Charmin Paper Mill
- Hoberg Paper Mills Inc.
- Northern Paper Mills
- Northwest Cooperative Mills
- Green Bay Paper and Pulp Company
- Fort James Paper Company
Additional Buildings and Businesses
- Beaumont Motor Inn
- Cork Insulating Company of Wisconsin
- Fox River Electric Railway and Power Company
- Green Bay and Western Railroad
- Green Bay Packaging (also known as Green Bay Box Company)
- Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
- Haevers Crossing
- Pulliam Power Plant
- East Side Exhaust Inc.
- Georgia-Pacific Corporation (Green Bay Operations)
Cancer Treatment in Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) in Madison is the state’s only comprehensive care center with certification from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Located at the University of Wisconsin Madison Campus, UWCCC provides medical treatment and support to cancer patients, including victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers.
UWCCC is 135.6 miles away from Green Bay, or approximately 2 and a half hours by car.
University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC)
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792
Phone: (608) 275-1700
Getting Legal Help in Green Bay
If you are suffering from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Remember to fill out our form to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on top asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in your area.
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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.