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Marion, Illinois

Marion is a city in southern Illinois. The county seat of Williamson County, Marion has a population of just over 17,000. Founded in 1839, and incorporated as a city in 1841, Marion is named for General Francis Marion, known as the "Swamp Fox." Marion's mix of economic sectors includes manufacturing, healthcare, warehouse/distribution, corrections and retail. Current top employers include AISIN Manufacturing, Pepsi MidAmerica, and Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Early industry in Marion was largely agricultural. In 1838, the town built its first horse-powered mill, and its first steam mill in 1845. As the county seat, Marion became a trade center fairly early. In 1872, the Carbondale and Shawneetown Railroad was completed, and the city began to grow in earnest, increasing in population from about 800 to over 7,000 between 1880 and 1910. The Pepsi MidAmerica bottling plant has been in operation since 1935. The plant has expanded several times, and in 1997, spawned the Crisp Container Corporation, which manufactures plastic bottles for the plant. Marion employers also include several government facilities. From 1941 to 1945, the government operated an ordnance factory on Crab Orchard Lake. Today the facility is part of a national wildlife refuge. The VA Medical Center has been in operation since 1942, and the United States Penitentiary in Marion was built in 1963 as a maximum-security facility, replacing the recently-closed prison at Alcatraz. Marion has also seen a number of smaller manufacturers in recent decades, including commercial bbq-oven maker Southern Pride, Excel Mining Systems and Timberline Live Pet Foods, Inc.

Marion's history of manufacturing and municipal construction makes asbestos exposure a continual concern. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for asbestos cancer. Mesothelioma clinics in and around Marion are listed at the bottom of this page. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Marion, you should also consider contacting a mesothelioma attorney for legal advice.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Marion

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

  • American Creosoting Company
  • Baldwin Powerhouse
  • Bank of Marion
  • Fisher Body
  • Illinois Ordnance Plant
  • Marion High School
  • Marion Powerhouse
  • Mcandrews Stadium
  • Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation - Ordill Works
  • Southern Illinois Power Cooperative
  • Southern Industrial Insul. Company
  • U S Penitentiary

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Marion, Illinois

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


Saint Louis University Hospital West Pavilion
3655 Vista Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Distance: 98.0 miles


The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center
4921 Parkview Place
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Distance: 98.0 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Marion, Illinois

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

Dr. Traves D. Crabtree
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Queeny Tower, 3108
One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza

St. Louis, MO 63110

Distance: 98.0 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Marion, Illinois

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

Asbestos Abatement Starts at Pillsbury Mills Plant

Cleanup crews have begun asbestos abatement work at the abandoned Pillsbury Mills Plant in Springfield, Illinois.

Pillsbury Mills Plant Partner Faces Indictment For Improper Asbestos Removal

A partner who helped with the demolition of the former Pillsbury Mills plant is facing federal indictment for improper asbestos removal.

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