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Downey, California

The city of Downey occupies 12.6 square miles in southeast Los Angeles County, California. Surrounding cities are South Gate, Bell Gardens, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, Paramount, and Bellflower. Home to over 111,000 residents, Downey is most notable as the birthplace of the Apollo space program. It is also recognized for having the oldest surviving McDonald’s which, in 1953, was the third McDonald's built. It was listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 1994 list of the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places”.

In the mid-1800s, Downey was founded by and named for the former and youngest ever governor of California, John Gately Downey, who was born in Ireland. Downey was convinced that oranges would flourish in Southern California, so he imported several varieties, and thus initiated what became one of the state’s biggest cash crops. In 1935, Downey was described as an "orange-grove town". Farmers in the area also grew grain, corn, and castor beans until around 1940. Suburban homes and factories replaced the farms after World War II. Downey was incorporated in 1956. The largest employer was originally Vultee Aircraft, then North American Aviation (through a series of mergers and sales, the name changed to North American Rockwell, then Rockwell International, and finally Boeing company) whose facilities were the birthplace of the systems for the Apollo space program as well as the Space Shuttle. For over 70 years, Downey's Rockwell NASA plant produced and tested many of the 20th century's greatest aviation, missile, and space endeavors. The 70 year history of airplane and space vehicle manufacturing in Downey ceased when the Rockwell plant closed in 1999. The former Rockwell plant has been converted to the Downey Landing shopping complex, a Kaiser Permanente hospital, a park, a space museum and Downey Studios.

Downey, California has a lengthy history of industry and construction which places it in high-risk category for asbestos exposure. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma. If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos in Downey, you may benefit by seeking counsel from an asbestos attorney.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Downey

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

  • Aerojet-General Corporation
  • Alpase
  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
  • Gem Enamel Products
  • National O-Ring Division
  • North American Aviation
  • North American Rockwell
  • Pacific Conveyor Company
  • Rancho Los Amigos Hospital
  • Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center
  • Rheem Manufacturing Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Downey, California

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Downey, California. 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.


1441 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Distance: 9.0 miles


8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Distance: 16.8 miles


Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Care Center
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 120
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Distance: 20.2 miles


1500 East Duarte Road
Duarte, CA 91010

Distance: 17.1 miles


10901 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

Distance: 89.9 miles


10010 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

Distance: 89.9 miles


Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

Distance: 91.4 miles


St. Joseph Hospital of Orange
1100 West Stewart Drive
Orange, CA 92868

Distance: 17.6 miles


Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868

Distance: 17.6 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Downey, California

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

Dr. Michael Y. Chang
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
4867 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Distance: 15.9 miles

Dr. Robert Brian Cameron
University of California Los Angeles Medical Center
10780 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Distance: 19.5 miles

Dr. Joel M. Baumgartner
University of California San Diego Cancer Center
Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

Distance: 91.4 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Downey, California

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in California, 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.

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