AC&S is a company based in Pennsylvania that produces insulation materials for various industries and military branches. AC&S originated as Armstrong Contracting and Supply, a subsidiary of Armstrong Cork Company. They performed contract insulation work, installing products made for them by other companies. Some of those products contained asbestos. In 1969, the name of the company was changed to ACandS, Inc.
Asbestos Containing Products Manufactured by ACandS
AC&S made and sold insulating block, sprays and cements from 1957 to 1974. These products were put to use in jobsites like factories, shipyards, and refineries state-wide and beyond.
The AC&S products listed in the table below were known to contain asbestos:
|AC&S Product||Years Manufactured|
|Armstrong Limpet Spray||1957-74|
|LK Pipe Covering and Block||1960-73|
|Armatemp Cement No. 166||1962-71|
|Armatemp Cement No 10||1962-74|
Asbestos Exposure from AC&S Products and Mesothelioma
From the time asbestos was discovered until it was found to be toxic, it was used in thousands of products that were shipped all across the nation and worldwide. Because asbestos was originally thought to be safe, no prevention measures were employed. This led to thousands of people being exposed to a hazardous material that had the potential to cause respiratory damage and ultimately lead to a lethal type of asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma. Customers who bought items from AC&S before they stopped using asbestos were put at risk of inhaling miniscule particles of asbestos, which can remain in their systems for many years, and in some cases, decades.
AC&S Bankruptcy and Asbestos Lawsuits
Many personal injury lawsuits were brought against AC&S by people who claimed to have been harmed by the asbestos found in their insulation products. One of the more noteworthy cases involved six plaintiffs who worked in Mississippi. The facilities where these people were employed did not deal directly with AC&S, but they did purchase a few of their products. When this case was tried, the verdict was in favor of the defendants, and the six were awarded a total of $84 million.
By 2002 AC&S had been hit with more than 500,000 claims. The company could no longer bear the weight of the lawsuits, and entered bankruptcy proceedings. One requirement of the bankruptcy was that a trust fund be established to provide monetary compensation for people who were affected by the asbestos contained in AC&S products. Nearly half of one billion dollars was deposited into this fund and this amount was deemed sufficient to manage all ongoing and future asbestos related claims. A mesothelioma lawyer can be instrumental in determining your eligibility for filing with this trust.
According to the terms of the bankruptcy, AC&S was allowed to restructure the company. They ceased using asbestos in any of their products, and continue to operate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.