C.E. Thurston & Sons Inc. was founded in 1919 as a contracting services provider. The company began as a small distribution business for mechanical packing manufacturers, and expanded into insulation, marine and cold storage contracting. In 1949, the company was incorporated as C.E. Thurston & Sons, Inc., headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia.

The company provided materials and products to industrial, commercial and marine businesses. The work done by C.E. Thurston & Sons included the sale, installation, maintenance and removal of asbestos containing insulation. Though C.E. Thurston & Sons never manufactured asbestos-containing insulation itself, it contracted with several other companies to buy, sell, repair, maintain and remove asbestos-containing insulation. C.E. Thurston & Sons failed to warn workers of the dangers of handling asbestos-containing products.

As a contracting company, C.E. Thurston & Sons installed, repaired, maintained and removed asbestos-containing insulation. The installation, maintenance and removal of asbestos-containing  insulation caused asbestos-containing particulate to be disturbed. Often, installation and removal of asbestos-containing insulation occurred in small spaces with little ventilation. Employees who worked closely with this insulation, or in close proximity to this insulation were at high risk of asbestos exposure.

Occupations at risk of C.E. Thurston & Sons Asbestos Exposure:

In 1985, C.E. Thurston & Sons became one of 34 companies to sign the Wellington Agreement. This Agreement aided companies in handling the large number of asbestos claims they were faced with. C.E. Thurston & Sons entered a second agreement following the Wellington Agreement to try and handle the influx of asbestos lawsuits, but ultimately filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2003.  As a result the C.E.Thurston & Sons Asbestos Trust was formed in 2006, and funded with $53 million to to pay current and future claims for victims of asbestos exposure.  Thurston provided insulation materials and contracting in 13 states, primarily around the eastern seaboard and in certain Virginia shipyardsToday, C.E. Thurston & Sons continues to operate, and now works on asbestos abatement and lead abatement, as well as providing contracting services.

The attorneys at Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford LLC have gathered a vast amount of information concerning the type and variety of asbestos-containing products used by C.E. Thurston & Sons. It is important to secure legal representation as soon as possible after a diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung cancer. If you or a loved one were once employed by C.E. Thurston & Sons, or otherwise exposed to asbestos-containing products as a result of work done by C.E. Thurston & Sons, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.

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