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Asbestos Companies

Legally Reviewed By: Sam E. Taylor
Managing Attorney | Mesothelioma & Asbestos in Houston

Sam Taylor

Legally Reviewed By: Sam E. Taylor
Managing Attorney | Mesothelioma & Asbestos in Houston

Asbestos roof

Once nicknamed the “miracle mineral,” asbestos was an important commodity during the Industrial Revolution. Its fireproof, non-conductive, chemically inert, lightweight and insulating properties, combined with its high tensile strength, made it useful in the manufacture of products that would be used by everyone.

Asbestos ultimately found its way into insulation for homes and buildings, industrial adhesives, paint, gaskets, cement, textiles and even home appliances. It was liberally manufactured and used everywhere without reservation.

Asbestos Use Today

Today, the general public is aware that asbestos is a dangerous product that causes deadly cancers and painful lung scarring known as asbestosis. There is no known safe level of asbestos, and due to the ease with which its fibers can be released into the air, there is no safe way to manufacture and use products that contain asbestos.

As a result, asbestos is banned in more than 55 countries throughout the world, and most uses are banned in the United States. The United States closed its last asbestos mine in 2002, so all asbestos used in the United States is imported, primarily from Russia. The vast majority of these imports are for the chlor-alkali industry, where asbestos diaphragms are used to separate gases.

Some products are allowed to contain up to one percent asbestos without warning the public. These products include certain spray-on applications. Some gaskets and automotive parts for older cars also may contain asbestos. The EPA is pushing for a total ban.

Asbestos Companies Knew Asbestos Was Harmful

There is overwhelming evidence that asbestos companies knew asbestos was harmful and actively engaged in concealment activities in the interest of profitability. Not only were workers exposed, but the general public was exposed. These companies did not care that millions of people would die painful deaths because of their products. They only cared about their bottom line.

The Sumner Simpson Files

A New York Times archived report shows that asbestos industry executives knew by 1935 that asbestos was unsafe. Sumner Simpson, president and founder of Raybestos-Manhattan, later renamed Raymark Corporation, maintained a correspondence file from 1935 in his safe with records of discussions of how the industry would conceal the dangers of asbestos.

These records indicated that in 1936, asbestos companies began sponsoring their own research studies, and, according to the correspondence, agreed they would publish only those studies favorable to the industry.

When a report prepared for the Asbestos Textile Institute in 1947 revealed that the levels of asbestos exposure being permitted at that time were unsafe, it was disregarded. In 1957, the Asbestos Textile Institute voted down a cancer study on the grounds that it would “stir up a hornet’s nest and put the whole industry under suspicion.”

Dr. Merewether’s Research

Dr. Merewether was a factory inspector and a physician in Great Britain. In 1930, he published an important article revealing his observations that one out of four asbestos workers had developed asbestosis. He observed that no amount of asbestos dust was safe and that workers should wear respirators. His observations were consistent with what is known about asbestos today.

The British government took action in the 1930s to protect workers, but it would be many years before similar action would be taken in the United States. The EPA did not start restricting its use until 1975, and restrictions were imposed gradually. Even as late as 1989, when the EPA attempted to ban asbestos altogether, the industry fought hard against it, and the ban was lifted.

Can asbestos companies still be sued?

The effects of asbestos exposure were felt well beyond the manufacturing facilities. Construction workers, firefighters, military personnel, factory workers and even housewives and children of asbestos-exposed workers have felt its effects. All of these companies are liable, whether they were involved in asbestos mining, the manufacture of asbestos-containing products or the use of asbestos-containing products.

Most of these companies can still be sued. However, some of them have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This protected these companies from lawsuits, but they were required to set up trust funds for the benefit of asbestos exposure victims as part of their Chapter 11 reorganization. 

If you were exposed to asbestos through the fault of these companies, you can file a trust fund claim. Our attorneys can help you identify which trust fund claims you are eligible to file, and we can file those claims for you. You can view a list of these trust funds in our Mesothelioma Trust Funds article.

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Asbestos Companies That Have Not Declared Bankruptcy

The following companies have not obtained bankruptcy protection and could be named in a lawsuit for damages related to asbestos exposure. These companies are categorized according to the types of asbestos-containing products used.


Automotive Products

  • American Honda Motor Company, Inc. 
  • Arvin Meritor, Inc./Automotive Segment of Rockwell International 
  • ATK Launch Systems Group/The Friction Division of Thiokol Corp. 
  • BMW of North America 
  • Bridgestone Firestone, Inc. 
  • Carlisle Companies, Inc. 
  • Carlisle Corporation 
  • Continental Automotive Systems, Inc./Continental Teves, Inc. 
  • Cooper Industries, Inc./Pneumo Abex, LLC 
  • Cummins, Inc. 
  • Dana Companies, LLC/Dana Corporation 
  • Eaton Corporation 
  • Eaton Electrical, Inc./Cutler-Hammer 
  • Edelbrock Corporation 
  • Ford Motor Company/Volvo Cars/Jaguar/Land Rover
  • Genuine Parts Company/National Automotive Parts Association/NAPA/Rayloc  
  • Goodrich Corp. 
  • Haldex Brake Products Corporation/Midland Brake, Inc. 
  • Hennessy Industries 
  • Honeywell International, Inc./Allied Signal 
  • Kelsey Hayes Company/Kelsey Hayes Company/Fruehauf/
    Dayton Walter Corporation/Fruehauf Trailer Corporation
  • Lear-Siegler Diversified Holdings Corp./Lear-Siegler, Inc./Royal Industries, Inc./Worldbestos 
  • Mafco Consolidated Group, Inc./Abex 
  • Mafco Holdings, Inc./Abex 
  • McCord Corporation 
  • Mitsui & Co. USA, Inc. 
  • Morse TEC LLC/Borg-Warner Corporation 
  • Morton International, Inc. 
  • National Automotive Parts Association  
  • Nissan North America, Inc. 
  • Parker Hannifin/EIS Brake Parts/Cali-Block 
  • Pneumo Abex Corporation/Abex Corporation/American Brake Bloc 
  • Pneumo Abex, LLC 
  • Porsche Cars North America, Inc. 
  • Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc. 
  • ThyssenKrupp Budd Company 
  • Toyota Motor Sales 
  • Trailmobile Corporation 
  • TRW, Inc./Varity Corporation/Dayton Walther Corporation 
  • Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
  • Western Auto Supply Company

Boilers, Turbines, Pumps, Valves

  • A.O. Smith Corporation  
  • Afton Pumps, Inc. 
  • Air & Liquid Systems Corporation/Buffalo Pumps, Inc. 
  • Alfa Laval, Inc./The DeLaval Separator Company/DeLaval Purifiers 
  • Alfa Laval, Inc./Sharples Corp. 
  • Armstrong International, Inc. 
  • Armstrong Pumps, Inc. 
  • Aurora Pump Company 
  • BW/IP, Inc./Byron Jackson Pumps 
  • Beazer East, Inc./Koppers Company 
  • Blackmer Pump Company 
  • Burnham LLC 
  • Burt Process Equipment, Inc. 
  • Cameron International Corporation/Cooper-Bessemer Corp. 
  • Carver Pump Company 
  • Champlain Cable Corp./Haveg Pipe Company 
  • Chem Flow Corp.
  • Cincinnati Valve Company/Lunkenheimer 
  • Cleaver Brooks, Inc. 
  • Cooper Cameron Corp./Johnston Pump Company 
  • Copes Vulcan, Inc. 
  • Crane Company  
  • Detroit Stoker Company 
  • DeZurik 
  • Dillon Boiler Services Company, Inc. 
  • Dunham Bush, Inc. 
  • ECR International, Inc./The Utica Companies, Inc./Dunkirk Radiator Corporation 
  • Elliott Turbomachinery 
  • Emerson Electric Company/Fisher Controls International LLC/
    U.S. Electrical Motors 
  • Ernst Flow Industries 
  • Everlasting Valve Company, Inc. 
  • Flowserve Corporation/The Duriron Company/Edward Vogt Valve and Manufacturing Company/Valtek, Inc. 
  • FMC Corporation/Peerless Pump Division/Chicago Pump Division/Northern Pumps 
  • Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. 
  • Gardner Denver, Inc. 
  • General Electric Company 
  • The Gorman Rupp Company 
  • Goulds Pumps IPG, LLC  
  • Grinnell, LLC 
  • H.B. Smith Company 
  • Henry Pratt Company, LLC/Henry Pratt Company/Henry Pratt Valves 
  • Henry Technologies, Inc./Henry Valve Co. 
  • Honeywell, Inc. 
  • Howden Buffalo, Inc./Buffalo Forge Company 
  • IMO Industries, Inc./DeLaval Turbine, Inc. 
  • ITT Corporation, Inc./Bell & Gossett/ITT Grinnell/Marlow Pumps/Foster Valves/Kennedy Valves
  • Invensys Systems, Inc./Fulton Sylphon Valves 
  • John Zink, LLC/Gordon Piatt Energy Services 
  • Johnson Controls, Inc./SimplexGrinnell 
  • Joy Technologies, Inc. 
  • Keeler Dorr Oliver
  • Kinney Vacuum Pump Co. 
  • L&L Boiler Maintenance, Inc./Orr & Sembower 
  • Lennox Industries, Inc. 
  • March Manufacturing 
  • McNally Industries, LLC/Northern Fire Apparatus Company 
  • McWane Inc./Kennedy Valve Mfg. Co./Kennedy Valve Inc./
    Kennedy Valve Co./Clow Valve Co./Eddy Valve Co./Iowa Valve Co./Long Beach Iron Works/Rich Mfg. Co. 
  • Milwaukee Valve Company 
  • NAO, Inc./National Airoil Burner Company 
  • Nagle Pump, Inc. 
  • Nibco, Inc./Cabot/Chemtrol 
  • O.C. Keckley Company/Klipfel Valves, Inc. 
  • Parker Hannifin/Zenith Pumps Company 
  • Patterson Pump Company 
  • Peerless Industries, Inc./Peerless Heater Company 
  • Pentair Water/Flotec 
  • Powermaster-Pacific Parts Co./Orr & Sembower 
  • Riley Power, Inc./Babcock Borsig Powers, Inc./Riley Stoker Corp./D.B. Riley 
  • Robertshaw Controls Co. 
  • Rockwell Automation/Edward Vogt Valve Company 
  • Rust International, Inc./M.W. Kellogg and Swindell Dresser Co. 
  • Sulzer Pumps U.S., Inc./Johnston Pumps 
  • Serfilco Ltd. 
  • Siemens Water Technologies Corp./Kisco Water Treatment Company 
  • Spirax Sarco, Inc. 
  • SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc./The Marley Company 
  • Stockham Valves and Fittings, Inc. 
  • Superior Boiler Works/Holman Boilers/Industrial Combustion/
    Peerless Corporation/Ray Burner Company/Trane 
  • Superior-Lidgerwood-Mundy/M.T. Davidson 
  • Sunbeam Products, Inc. 
  • Taco, Inc. 
  • The Allis-Chalmers Corporation Product Liability Trust
  • The Bigelow Company 
  • The Fulton Companies/Fulton Boiler Works, Inc. 
  • The Kraissl Company 
  • The Nash Engineering Company 
  • Tuthill Corporation 
  • Tyco International 
  • Velan Valves 
  • Vellumoid, Inc. 
  • Viad Corporation/Griscom Russell Company 
  • Viking Pump, Inc. 
  • Warren Pumps, Inc. 
  • Weil McLain 
  • Weir Valves and Controls USA, INC./Atwood and Morrill 
  • The William Powell Company 
  • Viacom CBS, Inc./CBS Corporation, A Delaware Corporation/
    Viacom Inc./CBS Corporation, A Pennsylvania Corporation/
    Westinghouse Electric Corporation
  • Yeomans Chicago Corporation 
  • York International Corporation  
  • York-Shipley Global a Division of AESYS Technologies, LLC 
  • Yuba Heat Transfer 
  • Zurn Industries, Inc/Erie City Iron Works


  • Able Supply Company 
  • Austin Company 
  • Bechtel 
  • Daniel International, Inc./Sue Fluor Corporation/Fluor Enterprises/Daniel International/Sue Fluor Enterprises
  • Enserch E&C, Inc./Ebasco Services, Inc. 
  • Hopeman Brothers, Inc. 
  • Santa Fe Braun, Inc./C.F. Braun & Co./C.F. Braun Constructors, Inc./JGB, Inc.
  • Special Electric Company, Inc. 
  • Tellepsen Corp. 
  • U.S. Contractors Management, LLC/U.S. Contractors,


  • Columbus McKinnon Corp./Lift Tech International, Inc. 
  • Reunion Industries, Inc./Alliance Machine Co. 
  • Reunion Industries, Inc./Morgan Engineering 

Crane Brakes

  • Eaton Electrical, Inc./Cutler Hammer 
  • FMC Corporation/Stearns Businesses 
  • General Electric Company 
  • Morse TEC LLC/Borg-Warner Corporation 
  • Pneumo Abex Corporation 
  • Rexnord Industries/Carlyle Group/Stearns 
  • Schneider Electric USA, Inc./Square D. Company

Drilling Muds, Brakes and Equipment

  • Akebono Brake Corporation 
  • American Clutch & Equipment Company 
  • Baker Chemical, Inc. 
  • Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, Inc./Amchem Drilling Mud 
  • Baroid Drilling Fluids, Inc. 
  • ConocoPhillips Company/Phillips Petroleum Company/Drilling
    Specialties Company
  • Gardner Denver, Inc. 
  • Joy Technologies, Inc. 
  • Lewis Manufacturing 
  • Montello, Inc. 
  • Standco Industries, Inc./Sterling Packing and Gasket Company 
  • Wheeling Brake Block Manufacturing Company

Drywall, Roofing, Ceiling Tiles and Flooring

  • Akzo Nobel Paints LLC/The Glidden Company
  • Alcoa, Inc./Reynolds Metals/Triple AAA Roofing
  • American Biltrite 
  • Beazer East/Koppers Company, Inc.
  • Bird Corp. 
  • Ceecorp, Inc./The Cleveland Gypsum Co./The Cleveland Builders Supply Co. 
  • Chevron USA, Inc./Standard Oil Company of California, U.S. 
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC/CP Chemical
    Company LLC 
  • Conwed Corporation/Wood Conversion Company 
  • DAP, Inc. 
  • Domco Products Texas L.P./Azrock Industries, Inc. 
  • Domtar Industries, Inc./Grand Rapids Gypsum/Rapid Systems 
  • Elof Hansson, Inc. 
  • Goodrich Corp. 
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • H.H. Robertson 
  • Henry Company/Monsey Products Company 
  • Homasote Company
  • Johns Manville 
  • KCG, Inc.  
  • Kelly Moore Paint Company, Inc. 
  • Kentile Floors
  • Mannington Mills, Inc. 
  • Murco Wall Products, Inc. 
  • Pfizer, Inc./Kilnoise 
  • Sears, Roebuck & Company 
  • Simpson Timber Company 
  • TAMKO Roofing Products 
  • The Sherwin Williams Company 
  • Thermwell Products Co./Mortite Corp. 
  • Union Carbide Corporation 
  • Welco Manufacturing Company 
  • Wilsonart International, Inc.


  • Appleton Electric, LLC 
  • Baldor Electric Company 
  • Cooper Industries, Inc./Crouse-Hinds
  • Eaton Electrical/Cutler-Hammer
  • Emerson Electric Company/U.S. Electrical Motors
  • General Electric Company 
  • Gould Electronics, Inc./ITE Electrical Products
  • Hubbell Lighting, Inc./Prescolite, Inc.
  • Lightolier, Inc. 
  • Phelps Dodge Corporation
  • RSCC Wire & Cable/Rockbestos-Surprenant Cable Corp. 
  • Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley and Rostone 
  • Schneider Electric USA, Inc./Square D Company 
  • Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc./ITE Electrical Products Co. 
  • The Okonite Company, Inc.
  • US Steel/American Steel & Wire Co. Electrical Cable Division 
  • Viacom CBS, Inc./CBS Corporation, A Delaware Corporation/
    Viacom Inc./CBS Corporation, A Pennsylvania Corporation/
    Westinghouse Electric Corporation


  • A.W. Chesterton Co. 
  • F.B. Wright Company 
  • Flowserve Corp./Durametallic Corp. 
  • Goodall Rubber Company 
  • Goodrich Corp. 
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Greene Tweed & Co. 
  • John Crane, Inc. 
  • Parker-Hannifin Corporation 
  • Standco Industries, Inc./Sterling Packing & Gasket Company 
  • Uniroyal Holding, Inc. 
  • Vellumoid, Inc.

Grinding Wheels

  • Industrial Holdings Corp. 
  • Norton Company 
  • Plastics Engineering Company 
  • Saint Gobain Abrasives, Inc./Norton Company B Safety Products Division B USA


  • American Honda Motor Company, Inc. 
  • Harley Davidson, Inc. 
  • Yamaha Motor Corp. USA

Heavy Duty Trucks

  • CRA Trailers, Inc./Great Dane Trailers, Inc. 
  • Caterpillar, Inc. 
  • Daimler Trucks North America, LLC/Freightliner, LLC/White Motor Company/Euclid, Inc./The Autocar Company 
  • Ford Motor Company 
  • Mack Trucks, Inc. 
  • Navistar, Inc./International Truck and Engine 
  • Oshkosh Truck Corporation
  • PACCAR, Inc./Kenworth Truck Company/Navistar, Inc./
    International Truck and Engine Peterbilt 
  • Strick Corporation 
  • Strick Trailer, LLC 
  • Trailmobile Trailer, LLC 
  • Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company 
  • Volvo Group North America, Inc. 
  • Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.

Insulating/Refractory Cement, Furnace Cement and Pipe Covering

  • BMI Refractory Services, Inc.
  • Beazer East, Inc./Thiem Corp./Universal Refractories 
  • Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc./Mundet Cork Company 
  • Cutter Atlantic Refractories/Cutter Fire Brick Company 
  • Foseco, Inc.
  • Garlock Sealing Technologies 
  • General Refractories Company
  • J.H. France Refractories Company 
  • John Zink LLC/Gordon Piatt Energy Services 
  • Owens-Illinois, Inc. 
  • Pittsburgh Metals Purifying Division of Treesdale, Inc. 
  • Premier Refractories 
  • Rutland Fire Clay
  • York-Shipley Global, a Division of AESYS Technologies, Inc.

Paper Mills

  • Albany International Corp. 
  • Asten Johnson, Inc. 
  • Brandon Drying Fabrics, Inc. 
  • Geschmay Corporation 
  • Industrial Holdings Corp./Lockport Felt Company
  • Mount Vernon Mills, Inc. 
  • Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Inc. 
  • Weavexx Corporation/Huyck Corp. 
  • Xerium Technologies, Inc./Huyck Corp.

Phenolic Resins and Adhesives

  • A. Schulman, Inc. 
  • American Catalin Corporation 
  • Bayer Corporation/Mobay Chemical Company 
  • CNA Holdings, Inc./HNA Holdings, Inc./Hoechst Celanese 
  • Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corp./Ciba-Geigy Corp./Ren Plastics 
  • Cytec Industries, Inc./Cytec Fiberite, Inc./Fiberite Corp. 
  • E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company 
  • General Electric Company 
  • Honeywell International, Inc./Allied Signal 
  • Mead 
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation/Durez
  • Pharmacia Corporation/Monsanto Company 
  • Plastics Engineering Company 
  • Reichhold, Inc. 
  • Resinoid Engineering 
  • Rogers Corporation 
  • The Dow Chemical Company 
  • ThyssenKrupp Budd Company/Continental Diamond Fiber 
  • U.S. Steel Corporation/USX Corporation/USS Chemical/USS Novamont, Inc. 
  • Union Carbide Corporation 
  • Wyeth Holdings Corp./American Cyanamid