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Bessemer, Alabama

The city of Bessemer was incorporated on September 9, 1887, and today it has a population of approximately 28,000. It's nickname is "the marvel city" because the city's growth has been so outstanding. The city is located in an iron ore and limestone district in southern Jones Valley. Bessemer is home to The Bright Star, Alabama’s oldest continuously operated eating establishment and Alabama Adventure, a water and theme park.

Bessemer was named in honor of Sir Henry Bessemer who invented the open-hearth method of steel production. By 1911, iron ore was being mined in the hills, coal was being mined in the north and west, and limestone was also nearby. All of these elements were necessary to making steel. From 1890 through the 20th century, Bessemer was a major steel center. Steel is no longer being manufactured in the city of Bessemer, because there is no longer any ore mining. During the recession in 1907, Bessemer's largest corporation, Tennessee Coal, Iron, and Railroad Company, was forced to sell stock to US Steel. Until the 1990s, Pullman Standard Company, a railroad car manufacturer, was also located in Bessemer.

Bessemer was the home to many manufacturing job sites, including Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company, Bessemer Pipe Plant, and Woodward Iron Company. Exposure to asbestos at these job sites has been a major issue. If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos in the workplace in Bessemer, you may be at risk to developing an asbestos disease like mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma cancer centers in and around Bessemer are listed at the bottom of this page.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Bessemer

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Bessemer where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Alabama Oxygen
  • American Tar Products Company
  • Bessemer Laud and Imp Company
  • Bessemer Pipe Plant
  • Bessemer Rollings Mill
  • Bessemer Water Works
  • Bickerstaff Clay Products
  • Bickerstaff Inc
  • Dickey Clay Pipe
  • Dolohah
  • Griffin Wheel
  • Harbison-Walker
  • Hercules Incorporated
  • Hercules Powder Company
  • Howard Harrison Iron Company
  • Nashville Bridge / Bristol Steel
  • Pullman Standard Company
  • Republican Steel
  • Sloss Sheffield Steel and Iron Sloss Mines
  • Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company
  • U.S. Pipe & Foundry
  • Vulcan Materials Company
  • Woodward Iron Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Bessemer, Alabama

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Bessemer, Alabama. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


1802 6th Avenue South
North Pavilion 2500
Birmingham, AL 35294

Distance: 14.4 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Bessemer, Alabama

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Bessemer, Alabama. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio
University of Alabama Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Alabama School of Medicine
ZRB 739
1720 2nd Avenue South

Birmingham, AL 35294

Distance: 14.4 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Bessemer, Alabama

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Alabama, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Asbestos Related News in Alabama

Birmingham Police Station Closed Due to Asbestos

Asbestos tiles at a Birmingham, Alabama, police station have caused it to shut down, and two officers have been admitted to the hospital. Read more at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

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