Incorporated as a city in 1885, Sheffield is situated on Pickwick Lake along the Tennessee River in Colbert County. The “Center for Shoals” is centrally located between Florence, Muscle Shoals and Tuscumbia and home to approximately 9,600 residents. Sheffield’s rich music history dates back to the 1950s when Rock n' Roll music began to sweep the nation. Many top performers, including Cher, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and Simon & Garfunkel, recorded songs at Jackson Highway Studio and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio which were located in Sheffield. Riverside Park, located on the banks of Pickwick Lake, is a popular attraction in Sheffield offering residents and visitors alike walking trails, fishing areas, boat launches, and more. The town of Sheffield prides itself on being a family-oriented community that offers a small town feel with the conveniences of larger metropolitan areas. There are many colleges and universities located near Sheffield including University of North Alabama and Northwest Shoals Community College.
Named after George Colbert, the Colbert Power Plant is located on Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Pickwick Reservoir on the Tennessee River. Construction of the plant started in 1951 and was completed in 1965. The Colbert Power Plant has five coal fired generating units and consumes about 8,900 tons of coal a day according to the TVA. Prior to 1980, asbestos containing materials were used throughout power plants including the Colbert Power Plant. Asbestos exposure at this power plant and other jobs sites in Sheffield can lead to the development of mesothelioma.
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Sheffield
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Sheffield where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- Alabama and Tenn. Coal and Iron Company
- Atlas Steel
- Colbert Steam Plant
- Diamond Shamrock
- Ford Aluminum Foundry
- Ford Motor Company
- Ford Motor Plant
- Machinists Union - Local 1189
- Muscle Shoals Rubber Company
- North Alabama Turn Company
- Pipefitters Union - Local 760
- Reynolds Alloys Company
- Reynolds Metal
- Sheetmetal Union - Local 48
- Sloos Sheffield Steel and Iron Company
- Steam Workers Union - Local 760
- Steamfitters Union - Local 760
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Tricities Constructions
- TVA, U.S. Chemical Corporation
- U.S. Govt. Nitrate Plant
- Union Aluminum
- Union Carbide
- United States Govt. Cyanimid Plant
- United States Govt. Nitrate Plant
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Sheffield, 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.