Founded in 1926, the Hendry Corporation is today on of the leading shipyards in the Tampa, Florida area. Specializing in all type of repair and restoration work, the Hendry Corporation ahs served boat owners and operators in private, commercial, and government operations. As a primary shipbuilder in the Tampa area, Hendry has also provided hundreds of jobs to local residents during the company’s existence. From general contractors and builders to specialists involved in electrical, insulation, coating, and propulsion solutions, Hendry has seen literally hundreds of employees come and go during its nearly 100-years history.
Like many successful corporations, the success of Hendry Corporation is due largely to those workers and the expertise they offered Hendry’s clients. But like many shipbuilding industries, Hendry’s relied heavily on materials composed wholly or partially from asbestos, which at one time was found in nearly every product used in the shipbuilding and restoration industries.
Asbestos is a natural silica-based mineral which, at first glance, appears ideal for many industrial, marine, and general construction purposes. Offering nearly unparalleled resistance to heat and corrosion, asbestos is readily and plentifully available, making it cheap and easy to obtain. And the fibrous nature of asbestos allowed it to be molded or formed into nearly any shape, enhanced by the mineral’s high tensile strength. It’s no wonder so many manufacturers relied on asbestos when designing and creating construction and industrial components, including the bulk of the products used in the shipbuilding and repair industries.
By the mid 1970s, safety studies had revealed that although it offered many appealing properties to shipbuilders and the manufacturers of marine materials, asbestos offered something else: a highly dangerous and potentially deadly side effect to those who were involved in these products’ manufacture and use.
Because it occurs in tiny, lightweight fibers, asbestos particles are easily inhaled. And once inhaled, they lodge permanently in the airway and lungs, where they can eventually develop into serious and even deadly conditions, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
The symptoms of both malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis can take many years to develop. If you or a loved one were ever employed by the Hendry Corporation, it’s important to see your doctor, so that you may be tested for these conditions as mesothelioma navy cases are very common. Early symptoms of mesothelioma and asbestosis often mimic those experienced with a common cold. If you worked for Hendry’s, it’s important to note that any type of respiratory symptoms can be an indication of asbestos exposure, and should be reported to your doctor.