New Jersey is largely an industrial state. The state has been reliant on factory production since the Industrial Revolution. Many New Jersey residents found employment in industries with high asbestos exposure.
New Jersey is ranked eighth nationally for the most deaths from mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Many of New Jersey’s prominent industries exposed workers to large quantities of asbestos. Sixteen of the state’s thriving manufacturing plants employed over 102,700 individuals and the eight shipyards in New Jersey employed 376,200 workers. These people often encountered asbestos in their workplace.
The Johns Manville Products Corporation
Johns Manville Products Corporation opened its first insulation plant in central New Jersey in the early 1900s.
They manufactured countless products containing asbestos such as insulation & Transite (asbestos-cement) pipe.
Johns Manville became one of the most notorious names in asbestos litigation. Company officials knew about the asbestos was deadly over 100 years ago, but they continued to use it anyway.
National Gypsum Company
In 1925, the National Gypsum Company developed asbestos-containing wallboard. The company purchased an Abestone asbestos cement plant in Millington, New Jersey in 1954, where it manufactured asbestos cement. In 1980, the company went bankrupt dealing with the numerous lawsuits filed by former employees who developed illnesses from exposure at the site.
National Gypsum is also responsible for improperly delivered asbestos waste to the Millington asbestos dumps which lead to site contamination.
New Jersey Processing Facilities
The W.R. Grace vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana, was the world’s leading producer of vermiculite, exporting hundreds of thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated product to refineries across the nation. Seven refineries in New Jersey received vermiculite from the Libby mine, exposing workers to the fibers.
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If you suspect that you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos at one of these sites or anywhere else in New Jersey, it is critical to understand that you have legal options. Our dedicated team is prepared to fight for your right to compensation, pursuing the payments you need and deserve for your losses. Reach out to a New Jersey asbestos exposure lawyer at Brayton Purcell, LLP to get started.