A fixture in the refractory industry since 1929, North American Refractories Company (NARCO) presently operates as one of ANH Refractories family of companies producing a full line of heat-resistant refractory products used in high-temperature applications within the glass melting, and iron and steel production industries. NARCO maintains manufacturing plants in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Kentucky. NARCO was owned by Honeywell from 1979 to 1986 prior to being acquired by ANH (formerly known as RHI Refractories Co.).
NARCO Asbestos Containing Refractory Products
Since 1929, NARCO has engineered, manufactured, and supplied a variety of heavy-duty refractory products for use in high-temperature, industrial fireproofing and insulating applications. Some types of refractory products manufactured by NARCO include cements, castables, and patches.
The table below includes a list of products manufactured by NARCO between 1961-1980 that were known to contain asbestos:
|CM Gun Mix||1963-1973|
|CM-18 Gun Mix||1963-1977|
|MC Gun Mix||1963-1975|
|Narcocast Es Fine Trowel||1963-1977|
|Narmag 60 DBRC||1970-1980|
|Narcmag OH Gun Mix||1974-1976|
|Super 505 Hot Gun C||1964-1977|
Where Asbestos Exposure May Have Occurred
Use of asbestos containing refractory products manufactured by NARCO in the 1960s and 1970s was prevalent in a variety of industries and occupations including oil refineries, industrial plants, and powerhouse construction where there was a demand for heavy-duty, high-temperature applications such as blast furnaces, ovens, kilns, and boilers. NARCO refractory products were also known to be found in US navy ships. Those exposed to asbestos fibers while working in these industries/occupations may be at risk for developing mesothelioma, a type of asbestos cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
About the NARCO Asbestos Trust
Before 2002, nearly 300,000 asbestos liability claims were submitted against NARCO. In an effort to emerge free from the existing pending claims as well as future asbestos liability, NARCO filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection code in January 2002. As part of this reorganization plan, NARCO requested that all future claims be directed to a federally supervised asbestos trust. In 2007, the reorganization plan was approved by the Federal Bankruptcy Court. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma cancer and believe you were exposed to a refractory product manufactured by NARCO, a mesothelioma lawyer may be able to help. Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen can provide assistance with filing a claim with the NARCO Asbestos Trust on your behalf or on the behalf of a loved one. Please complete the form on this page to receive our free information packet to learn more.