A. P. Green was an entrepreneur who was born in Jefferson, Missouri. In 1910 he purchased a small brick and fire clay manufacturing plant in Mexico, Missouri for $85,000. Within 5 years he had more than doubled the net worth of his business, which was now known as the A. P. Green Fire Brick Company. Soon after, Green purchased an even larger facility and became a producer of refractory and other industrial products that are sold internationally.
Asbestos Containing Products Manufactured by A.P. Green Industries
Refractory products must be able to withstand intense heat. As a result, early on in the company history, products were made with a naturally occurring mineral that proved to be very resistant to both heat and fire. This mineral was asbestos, and it wasn't until years later that it was found to be a poisonous material.
A.P. Green made several types of products that contained asbestos including cements, adhesives, coatings and refractory products. They were often use in very high heat applications including boilers, ovens and furnaces. As a result boilermakers, boiler tenders and steamfitters were likely to be exposed to asbestos from A.P. Green products. These products are listed below.
A.P. Green Insulating Cement – manufactured by Eagle-Picher from 1948-1971, this grey insulating cement was shipped in multi-wall paper bags. It contained approximately 9% asbestos between 1948 and 1963, 4% asbestos between 1964 and 1968 and 3.5% asbestos between 1969 and 1971.
A.P Green Insulation Coating – This was a weatherproof protective material for coating insulations in applications where moisture resistance was desired. It was manufactured by Eagle-Picher between 1948 and 1971 and was a black liquid that shipped in metal pails. It contained about 18% asbestos between 1948 and 1968 and about 6.5% asbestos from 1969-1971.
A.P. Green Insulation Adhesive – A rust-colored glue made from 1947 to 1972. It contained approximately 15.5% asbestos and was sold in metal pails.
A.P. Green Castable Block Mix – This lightweight castable insulation was made from 1955 to 1972. This mixed refractory clay contained approximately 7.8% asbestos and shipped in multiwall paper bags.
A.P. Green SK-7 Cement – This mixed refractory clay was made from 1953 to 1972 and contained 2.3% asbestos. It was commonly used in shipbuilding, roofing and other high heat areas such as boilers, ovens and furnaces.
A.P. Green Kast-O-Lite – Although this product was manufactured from the late 1930’s to the early 1970’s it only contained asbestos between 1956 and 1972. It was a refractory cement used in high heat applications such as in furnaces, boilers and ovens.
A.P. Green Kast-O-Lite Gunning Refractory – A mixed refractory clay shipped in multiwall bags. Contained 1% asbestos and was made from 1956-1972.
A.P. Green P.C. Chrome Plastic – made from 1966-1969 and again from 1973-1976. It contained about 1% asbestos, shipped primarily in 100 lb. corrugated paper boxes and was a grey, moist malleable solid.
Mizzou GR – This gunning refractory product was manufactured from 1966 – 1972 and was used in the construction of boilers, ovens, furnaces and other applications that required heat resistant firebricks.Additional asbestos-containing products manufactured by A.P .Green include:
|Therm-O-Flake L.B. Block||International Vermiculite|
|Therm-O-Flake Coating (18% asbestos)||A.P. Green||1963-65|
|Insblok 19||United States Gypsum||1970-71|
|Greencast 22 L GR||A.P. Green||1970-72|
|Lo Abrade GR||A.P. Green||1966-72|
|Steelkon GR||A.P. Green||1967-72|
|Steelplant Castable B||A.P. Green||1960-72|
|Castable Mix 204||A.P. Green||1965-72|
|Greencast 97 GR||A.P. Green||1968-72|
|Greencast 97 L GR||A.P. Green||1967-72|
|Greencast 94 GR||A.P. Green||1967-72|
Asbestos Exposure from A.P. Green Products and Mesothelioma
Whenever products with asbestos are worked with, tiny bits of the asbestos can break apart, float into the air and be inhaled by those in the area if asbestos prevention techniques are not being used. Those individuals are then at risk to develop lung diseases including an asbestos cancer called mesothelioma. Those working with or around the products sold by A. P. Green became very likely to ingest this hazardous material. Asbestos-related diseases often have a long latency period, so if you worked with A. P. Green products that were manufactured in the time periods listed above, you may still be at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease.
A.P. Green Bankruptcy and Asbestos Lawsuits
Although A. P. Green is well known and honored for brining many jobs to the Missouri area, the company also encountered numerous asbestos-related issues. Large numbers of asbestos lawsuits were brought against the by people who had developed mesothelioma or lost loved ones after being exposed to the company's products. A. P. Green executives struggled with the pay outs, and eventually filed for a bankruptcy reorganization plan in 2002. This plan called for a complete restructure of the company, and the establishment of a dedicated asbestos trust fund to pay out unsettled claims. A mesothelioma lawyer can assist you in filing your claim. Please fill out the form on this page to receive more information.