A.P. Green Industries was founded in 1910 in Mexico, Missouri. The company began as a clay brick manufacturer and grew rapidly by opening factories around the world. A.P. Green sold refractory bricks, which were used by industrial companies to line furnaces or equipment that operated at high temperatures. To ensure its bricks would be heat resistant, however, A.P.Green added large quantities of asbestos to the bricks.
Unfortunately, the men and women who worked at A.P. Green’s facilities and the employees of companies that used their products were inhaling deadly toxins. Asbestos causes agonizing illnesses, such as asbestosis and an aggressive cancer called mesothelioma. Additionally, the asbestos fibers remain in a person’s lungs for years and symptoms may not develop for decades. Thus, A.P. Green’s victims might live for decades without knowing of the deadly injury they sustained. Workers at A.P. Green’s facilities — in particular, boilermakers, steel workers and insulators — were placed in grave danger from their constant contact with asbestos.
The Truth About Asbestos Was Known Almost A Century Ago
As early as the 1920s, physicians recognized that exposure to asbestos caused severe sickness when asbestosis was identified by British medical journals. At the same time, insurance companies in the United States and Canada stopped selling life insurance to asbestos workers.
Moreover, safer substitutes for most asbestos uses were known as early as the 1930s. Nevertheless, A.P. Green chose to protect its substantial profit margins rather than discontinue use of the mineral.
In early 2002, A.P. Green entered bankruptcy proceedings. As part of A.P. Green’s reorganization, a trust was established to help compensate those who were harmed by A.P. Green’s use of asbestos. If you or a loved one has been injured by A.P. Green, it is important that you contact The Gori Law Firm immediately for more information on your rights.