American Chemet Corporation, Helena, Montana
Montana has long been associated with dangerous amounts of asbestos exposure. One town, Libby, has lost hundreds of citizens due to asbestos-related illness, and many more have been sickened by this carcinogenic fiber. American Chemet Corporation, a chemical plant headquartered in Helena, Montana, has been notably linked with asbestos exposure.
American Chemet Corporation focuses on the production of chemicals from metals such as copper. However, in the process of insulating the chemical plant or even mining for metals, American Chemet Corporation may have exposed innocent victims to asbestos. In fact, several asbestos-related lawsuits have already been filed which name American Chemet Corporation as a defendant.
Chemical Products from American Chemet
American Chemet Corporation was established in 1946 to produce zinc oxide. In the 1970s, this chemical business expanded its product line and began shipping its products worldwide. Some items produced by American Chemet and their uses include:
- Zinc oxide – fertilizer, rubber production, colorant, coating
- Cupric oxide – catalyst, wood treatment, copper plating
- Cuprous oxide – paint, catalyst, fungicide
- Dispersion strengthened copper – welding caps, light bulb wires
- Copper powder – lubricant, coating, metallurgy
Asbestos in Chemical Plants
Unfortunately, many chemical plants in addition to American Chemet have been implicated in asbestos exposure. Chemical plants built before the late 1980s often relied on asbestos as an insulator as it can resist heat, electricity, flame, and chemicals. However, as these buildings age, they can release asbestos fibers into the environment, exposing workers and nearby residents.
If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos by working in or living near a chemical plant, you can talk to your doctor about testing for asbestos-related diseases. For more information regarding asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page today and contact an experienced asbestos attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling 800-781-3955.