Port Wentworth, Georgia
Known variously as “Savannah’s Front Porch” and the “Gateway to Georgia History”, Port Wentworth is a city steeped in tradition, environment and resources. Founded in 1733 and incorporated in 1957, its historic roots stem from the native Indian tribes and the first colonial settlers. Rice and cotton plantations thrived off the rich land and to this day, some of the most historic river plantations can be found here.
In 1916, the next big industry to foster Port Wentworth’s economic growth was developed. A four story, 872,000 sq. ft. sugar refinery opened on 30 acres of land fronting the Savannah River and became known as the Savannah Sugar Refining Corporation, also known as the Dixie Crystals refinery. It was the second largest sugar refinery in the United States and the largest employer in Port Wentworth. Lumber, shipbuilding, brick kilns and naval stores added to the industry of Port Wentworth. In 1958, the Kraft Power Plant, currently owned and operated by Georgia Power, came online with three coal-fired units designed to meet the increased demand that arrived with the introduction of air conditioners. Today, Savannah’s “little sister” city is an economically-attractive area and continues to grow with new residents, largely thanks to the presence of major employers such as Weyerhauser, International Paper, Gulfstream, Georgia Power and Georgia Pacific Corp.
Asbestos exposure and related diseases including malignant mesothelioma are a problem for many cities across the southeastern Atlantic region. We have confirmed that the city of Port Wentworth has numerous jobsites where asbestos exposure has occurred. If you have been exposed to asbestos, you may be at risk to develop mesothelioma.
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Port Wentworth
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Port Wentworth where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- American Oil Company
- Continental Can Company
- Continental Forest Industries
- Georgia Pacific Corp
- Kraft Power Plant
- Mexican Petroleum Corporation of Georgia
- Port Wentworth Station
- Savannah Electric & Power Company
- Savannah Sugar Refining Corporation
- Southern Nitrogen Company
- Southern Paper Board Corporation
- Stone Savannah River Pulp and Paper
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Port Wentworth, Georgia
Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Georgia, 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 Georgia
The CDC has released a study of malignant mesothelioma mortality rates showing that deaths due to mesothelioma are increasing. Read more at mesothelioma.com
Cleanup will begin at the former Barwick Mills textile plant after a fire that happened last fall, leaving behind exposed asbestos and rubble.