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Burlington, Iowa

Burlington is a city in and the county seat of Des Moines County, in southeast Iowa. Recognized as a regional center for employment, shopping, education, healthcare and recreation, Burlington is home to over 25,000 residents. The city is also the home of Snake Alley, the most crooked alley in the world.

Burlington's roots are in transportation and manufacturing. Burlington was a bustling river port in the steamboat era and home to the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) from 1848-1970. The CB&Q merged into the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1970, which in turn merged into the BNSF Railway in 1997. Manufacturing plants are among the largest employers in the area, including companies such as American Ordnance LLC, Case Corporation, General Electric, and Champion Spark Plugs. The largest employer in the area is the Great River Medical Center. Among one of the oldest businesses in Burlington, the Murray factory (now Murray Turbomachinery and owned by Dresser-Rand) which has been in operation in Burlington since before 1900. Another long-lived business is Case Corporation, which has been at its current location on Des Moines Avenue since 1937. The first backhoes rolled off the assembly line at its Burlington plant in 1967, which is now the only plant in the United States that produces the Case Loaders/Backhoes, giving Burlington the nickname "Backhoe Capital of the World."

Burlington, Iowa has a significant history of manufacturing activity in industries known for their use of asbestos products, making asbestos exposure, and the risk of mesothelioma cancer, an ongoing concern for workers and others. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Burlington, you may also benefit from seeking the advice of a mesothelioma attorney.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Burlington

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

  • Burlington High School
  • Burlington Northern Railroad
  • Burlington Ordnance Works
  • Consolidated Packing
  • Des Moines Company Drainage
  • Interstate Power and Light Company
  • Iowa Ordnance Plant
  • Iowa Southern Power Station
  • Iowa Southern Utilities Company
  • Murray Iron Works
  • Paul Hoshek
  • Peoples Gas and Electric Company
  • Silas Mason Company
  • Silas Mason Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Burlington, Iowa

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

John Pappajohn Pavilion
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Distance: 60.9 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Burlington, Iowa

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

Dr. Gerald H. Clamon
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Distance: 60.9 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Burlington, Iowa

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