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Durabla Manufacturing Company is a former distributor of mechanical sealing products, including sheet gasket material and cut gaskets.

Based in Pennsylvania, the company is today known as DFT (Durabla Fluid Technology, Inc.). The company dates back to the early 20th century.

Products Manufactured at Durabla Manufacturing Company that Contained Asbestos

Between 1913 and 2003, many of the gasket products manufactured by Durabla contained asbestos, a mineral made of long, stringy, crystalline fibers that occurs in large deposits in nature. Asbestos had been widely used in countless products since the late 1800s, largely because of its strength and fire- and heat-resistant properties. Gaskets – mechanical seals used to fill a space and prevent leakage between two uneven surfaces – are often used in machines that tend to grow very hot, so asbestos seemed a logical choice in making the products.

By the 1980s the public had learned that exposure to asbestos can cause serious, life-threatening asbestos cancer. However, Durabla continued to use asbestos in at least one of its products until after the year 2000. The following Durabla products are known to have contained asbestos.

Product Years Manufactured
Durabla Black 1913 – 2003
Durabla Black Nitrilek
Durabla White Penpak 1982 – 2003
Durabla White Gasketing 1978 – 1987

Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

When products that are made with asbestos grow old, they tend to get brittle and break down, and hazardous asbestos fibers can be released into the air. Likewise, when raw asbestos is handled in the manufacturing of asbestos products, it is easy for those fibers to become airborne. This situation can be deadly, because if these fibers are inhaled, they can become stuck in a person’s lungs and cause serious respiratory diseases like mesothelioma cancer and asbestosis. Unfortunately, it was not uncommon for workers in a wide range of jobs to breathe these deadly asbestos particles on the job, day after day, year after year. Some have argued in court that companies and even the U.S. government knew about the harmful effects of asbestos long before they took action to protect workers against exposure.

Durubla gaskets were used in industries such as gas transmission, oil refining, textiles, pulp and paper, power generation and chemical processing. Anyone who worked with or near Durabla’s asbestos-containing gaskets in those or similar fields could have been exposed to hazardous asbestos fibers. Specific occupations at risk of exposure range from machinists to power plant workers to supervisors, as well as factory workers who manufactured gaskets in Durabla plants.

Mesothelioma is an inoperable form of lung cancer that can lie dormant in the human body for years; it can take as long as 50 years for symptoms to appear after asbestos exposure. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have been exposed to asbestos, take the time to learn about the disease today.

Recent News

Durabla Manufacturing Company has been named as a defendant in thousands of lawsuits by individuals who claim their health, or the health of a loved one, was irreparably damaged by exposure to asbestos in the company’s products. Approximately 108,000 cases were pending against the company as of December 2009. As a result, Durabla filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on December 15, 2009.

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Tara Strand Senior Content Writer

Tara Strand specializes in researching and writing about asbestos, raising awareness and advocating for a ban.

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Jennifer Lucarelli Legal Advisor and Contributor

Jennifer Lucarelli is a partner at the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, specializing in asbestos litigation.

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