Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Donaldsonville is a city on the Mississippi River in Louisiana. With a population of about 7,600 occupying a 2.5 square mile area, Donaldsonville is the parish seat of Ascension Parish. First settled about 1765, the town of Donaldsonville was formally established in 1806 and served as the state capital from 1830-1831. Chemical and sugar refining have been major industries in Donaldsonville. Today, the economy is largely retail and service-oriented, with typical employers including Prevost Memorial Hospital, Marine Technical Surveyors, Inc., and Lemann's Farm Supply, Inc. Plantation culture played a significant role in Donaldsonville's social and economic history; its legacy is preserved and explored at the River Road African American Museum.

Donaldsonville was primarily an agricultural community until the late 19th century, aided by riverboat trade along the Mississippi. With the decline of the plantation system after the Civil War, industry became more prevalent. By the turn of the century, Donaldsonville possessed a rice mill, iron works, cooperage, and two machine shops, not to mention the Donaldsonville Moss Collar Company and a macaroni factory. Electric street lighting began in 1898, and electrical lighting and power for homes and factories soon followed. The Evan Hall Sugar Cooperative processed sugar into the 21st century. Chemical processing has also been a key industry. In 1965, the Chemical Farmers Fertilizer Company built a nitrogen processing plant in Donaldsonville. The company, which changed its name to CF Industries in 1970, acquired neighboring ammonia manufacturer, Triad Nitrogen, in 2010. Founded in 1970 as Triad Chemicals, Inc., the company operated as a subsidiary of Terra Industries from 2004 until its sale to CFI. Today, CF Industries’ Donaldsonville nitrogen complex is the largest in North America.

Donaldsonville's history of manufacturing and industry makes asbestos exposure, and the risk of mesothelioma, a concern for workers and their loved ones. Mesothelioma information is listed at the bottom of this page. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Donaldsonville, you may also benefit from seeking the advice of a mesothelioma attorney.

Jobsites in Donaldsonville where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

A number of jobsites in Donaldsonville, LA have been identified as harboring asbestos containing materials. These sites, at one point in their history, were known to have exposed a variety of tradesmen to asbestos. We will be documenting in more detail how asbestos exposure occurred at these sites in the future on this web site.

  • Agrico Chemical Company
  • B. Lemann and Bro.
  • B. Lemaurn and Brothers Belle Terre Stone Plantation
  • C F Industries
  • Central Farmers Cooperative
  • Donaldsonville Rice Mills Company
  • Evanhall Cooperative Sugar Company
  • First Nitrogen Corp
  • Gulf
  • Kocke Elray Service Inc
  • Palo Alto Plantation
  • Salsburg Refining Company
  • Triad Chemical Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers Near Donaldsonville, LA

For your convenience we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Donaldsonville, LA. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121

Distance: 52.4 miles

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