Bakelite aircraft parts

Exposure to asbestos-containing plastic molding compound occurred in a variety of trades and professions. Prior to the mid-1980s, plastic molding compound contained asbestos as a filler material because it added strength and heat resistance to a variety of molded products. Other filler materials, such as wood flour and cloth, served the same purpose, but asbestos was a cheaper alternative.

Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer. Truck drivers, molders, finishers, and even electricians were exposed to asbestos, through a variety of processes, from delivery of plastic molding compound to the production and manipulation of the finished product. Workers who did not have direct contact with asbestos-containing plastic molding compound, but worked in an area where it was manufactured or molded, are at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.

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Additional Information

Auburn Plastics

Diemolding Corporation, Canastota, NY

Durez Plastics, North Tonawanda, NY

General Electric Plastics, Selkirk, NY

Norton Laboratories, Lockport, NY

Fiberite Corporation


Reichhold Chemicals

Rogers Corporation

Spaulding Fibre

Specialty Insulation Manufacturing Company

Varcum a.k.a. Reichhold Chemical

Voplex Corporation