Duro Dyne Corporation Company History
Duro Dyne Corporation is the leading manufacturer of sheet metal accessories and equipment for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry. Heating and cooling ducts require specific connectors, fasteners, screws, adhesives and sealers, items that have for years been staples of Duro Dyne’s product line. The company also manufactures machinery and hand tools for use in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, products to keep ducts hanging securely, and control panels and other electrical equipment.
Founded in New York in 1952, Duro Dyne expanded quickly around the country, adding plants in southern California in 1961 and in Ohio in 1971. Today, Duro Dyne operates around the world, with locations in North and South America, Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa. Duro Dyne is privately owned and today employs more than 200 people.
Products Made by Duro Dyne Corporation that Contained Asbestos
In buildings’ heating and cooling systems, air ducts that carry hot or cool air through the walls are attached to mechanical equipment that contains a fan or blower. Because these blowers can be loud, a flexible strip of material is often inserted between the machinery and the metal ducts to keep the sound from carrying through the building. This joint is called a “flexible duct connector,” and while today these items are usually made from fabric coated in fiberglass or vinyl, these items used to be manufactured using a naturally found mineral fiber known as asbestos.
For years, asbestos was used in heating and cooling systems, as well as thousands of other products, including insulation, pipe lining and drywall. Manufacturers used the substance in abundance because it was strong, heat resistant, and plentiful in nature – and therefore inexpensive. But over the past 30 years, the public has become increasingly aware of the health risks associated with asbestos. When products containing asbestos deteriorate – or when they are cut, as is the case with flexible duct connectors – asbestos fibers are released into the air and can become lodged in a person’s lung tissue. This can lead to deadly respiratory diseases like mesothelioma cancer and asbestosis.
For years, Duro Dyne used asbestos in several varieties of the company’s flexible duct connectors. Duro Dyne products that may have contained asbestos include (but are not limited to):
- Duro-Metal-Fab Flexible Duct Connectors
- Econ-O-Fab Flexible Duct Connectors
- Junior Flexible Duct Connectors
- Duro Dyne Duct Sealer
Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure
People who worked in close proximity to Duro Dyne’s heating, ventilating and cooling products may be at an increased risk for diseases caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. For example, factory workers who worked in one of Duro Dyne’s plants may have been affected, as well as contractors and technicians who installed, repaired or demolished the heating and cooling equipment in buildings.
Asbestos in heating and cooling systems can be especially hazardous. Because asbestos fibers released in air ducts can be quickly dispersed throughout the entire building, people who lived or worked in the building could be at an increased risk.
Sadly, workers’ families could also suffer the consequences of asbestos exposure, even if they never came into contact with asbestos products firsthand. Because asbestos fibers are known to cling to clothing, anyone who washed or handled a worker’s dusty clothes could also be affected.
It can take decades for the effects of mesothelioma to appear in the human body, and unfortunately, the survival rate for this disease is low. If you think you may be at risk, take the time to learn more about the symptoms and treatment options available to you.
As of February 2011, Duro Dyne Corporation has been named as a co-defendant in numerous cases of asbestos exposure. In lawsuits against both Duro Dyne and the companies that distributed the company’s products, plaintiffs claim that their health was severely impacted by the asbestos used in Duro Dyne’s products. The plaintiffs further claim that they were never advised to wear masks or take other precautions to avoid breathing the asbestos fibers.
Author: Tara Strand
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Reviewer: Jennifer R. Lucarelli
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