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The Manufacturers, Transportation and Packaging of Asbestos-Containing Plastic Molding Compound
Asbestos-containing plastic molding compound was manufactured and shipped from numerous facilities throughout the United States, Canada and other countries by some of the companies listed below:
Durez Plastics - Division of Hooker Chemical/Occidental Chemical Company
Durez Plastics was headquartered in North Tonawanda, New York between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Durez also had facilities in Niagara Falls, New York, Kenton, Ohio, Fort Erie, Canada and Japan.
Fiberite/Cytec Engineered Materials
Fiberite was headquartered in Winona, Minnesota. Some of Fiberite's plastic molding compound was used for high impact applications in the aerospace and defense industries.
General Electric (GENEL Phenolic Molding Compound)
General Electric's plastic molding compound division was headquartered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, with additional manufacturing facilities and its mold shops scattered throughout the country.
Plastics Engineering Company (Plenco)
Plastics Engineering Company manufactures plastic molding compound in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and is used to make a variety of products, including appliances, electrical parts, irons and it was even used to make Bausch & Lomb's Balscope Ten telescope in the 1960's.
Reichhold Chemicals, Inc.
Reichhold Chemicals originally started in Detroit, Michigan, but now has over 31 plants all over North America. Reichold manufactures synthetic resins and other chemicals. During the years Reichhold manufactured plastic molding compound, it was produced at its Carteret, New Jersey facility.
Rogers Corporation is headquartered in Rogers, Connecticut, but it also has manufacturing plants in Connecticut, Arizona and Illinois. Rogers Corporation manufactures plastic molding compound for use in a variety of products, including consumer goods, electrical materials, industrial parts and automotive components.
Union Carbide Corporation
In the 1920's, Union Carbide purchased the original manufacturer of phenolic molding compound, the Bakelite Company. Bakelite was manufactured in Bound Brook, New Jersey, and was used to make a variety of products, such as appliances, radios, epoxy resins, vinyl flooring, jewelry and billiard balls.
These companies listed above shipped asbestos-containing plastic molding compound across the country primarily through the use of common carriers like tractor-trailers and railroad cars. Plastic molding compound was most commonly packaged in the following manners:
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