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Avondale Shipyards

The Avondale shipyard is located on the Mississippi River in Avondale, Louisiana, and covers nearly 229 acres of space. Featuring 6,500 feet of wharves, 2,900 feet of waterfront land, and 1,200 feet of launch ways, the Avondale shipyard employs over 5,500 people.

The shipyard specializes in construction, conversion, repair, and design. Created in 1938, Avondale Industries, Inc. has grown into one of the largest shipbuilders in the United States after building their first vessels in the 1950s. During the 1980s, Avondale constructed both military and commercial ships, including 27 destroyer escorts for the US Navy. Having successfully applied modular construction techniques to all of their vessels, Avondale became an authority on modern shipbuilding.

The US Navy has kept this company very busy in recent years, focusing on the construction of US Navy surface ships. This type of naval work makes up close to 80% of their marine construction and repair business. In 1997, Avondale Industries, Inc., received the largest commercial contract in history to produce 125,000 Dead Weight Tons crude oil carriers.

While the company has helped employ thousands of people, the dangerous presented on the job can be very dangerous. Exposure to harmful asbestos materials and other toxic substances may cause serious health concerns. If you or a loved one have been exposed to dangerous materials and are now suffering from an asbestos-related illness, such as Mesothelioma, contact the Mesothelioma Attorneys of Williams Hart to learn more about your rights by calling 800-781-3955. Your initial consultation is free.

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