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Des Moines, Iowa

As Iowa's capital city and most populous, Des Moines is a hub of political, economic, and cultural activity. It is also the county seat of Polk County, with a small portion of the city extending into Warren County. Des Moines was incorporated in 1851 as the city of Fort Des Moines. In 1857, the name "Fort Des Moines" was shortened to "Des Moines" and the state capital was moved here from Iowa City. Today the city of Des Moines, home to more than 200,000 residents, offers amenities of a big city with the atmosphere of a small town.

During the late-1800s and early 1900s, the railroad and coal mining were the impetus for significant growth in Des Moines. During the 1950s and through most of the 1980s, the city began a post-industrial decline. Eventually, Des Moines rebounded, transforming from a blue-collar industrial city to a white-collar professional city. Today, the city is largely recognized as a major center for the insurance industry, earning the nickname, "Hartford of the West". Other significant sectors of Des Moines’ diverse economic base are printing, finance, retail and wholesale trades as well as industry. The city is the headquarters for the Principal Financial Group, the Meredith Corporation, Ruan Transportation, EMC Insurance Companies, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Other major corporations such as Wells Fargo, ING Group, and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company have large operations in or near the metro area.

Use of asbestos containing products was prevalent for years at numerous jobsites in Des Moines, Iowa. Accordingly, asbestos exposure has been an issue for workers and others. If you were exposed to asbestos in Des Moines and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, you should also consider contacting a mesothelioma law firm.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Des Moines

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

  • Allied Construction Service
  • American Republic Ins Company Building
  • Ap Green Refractories Company
  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Armstrong Rubber Manufacturing Company
  • Ballsford Station
  • Bixby, W.H. Inc.
  • Board of Control of State Institutions
  • Board of Education
  • Bridgestone Firestone
  • C Gilbert
  • C H Mcguiness Company
  • Cargill Inc
  • Cargill Soybean Plant
  • Central Asbestos & Supply
  • Central Service Company
  • Ch Mcguiness Company
  • City Ice Company
  • City Plumbing Supply
  • Council Bluffs
  • Des Moines Brewing Company
  • Des Moines City Railway Company
  • Des Moines Edison Light Company
  • Des Moines Electric Company
  • Des Moines Power Station
  • Des Monies City Railway Company
  • Eagle Iron Works
  • Edison Electric Light Company
  • Executive Council of Iowa
  • Farm Bureau
  • Farmers Elevator Insurance Company
  • Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
  • Fust Herman H & Company
  • Globe Machinery & Supply Company
  • Hansen Brothers
  • Hawkeye Tire and Rubber Company
  • Home Federal Savings & Loan Association
  • International Distilling Company
  • Iowa Air National Guard
  • Iowa Asbestos Company
  • Iowa Electric Light & Power
  • Iowa Packing Company
  • Iowa Portland Cement Company
  • Iowa Power & Light Company
  • Iowa Power & Light Powerhouse
  • Iowa Power and Light
  • Iowa Power and Light
  • Iowa Sheet Metal Construction
  • Iowa State Board of Education
  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Irwin Chemical Company
  • Jaeger Manufacturing Company
  • John Deere Company
  • L & L Insulation Company
  • L. H. Kurtz Company
  • Lake Shore Tire & Rubber Company
  • Linde Air Products Company
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Marquette Cement Manufacturing Company
  • Maytag
  • Mc Guiness C H & Company
  • Meredith Printing, Inc.
  • Midamerican Energy Company
  • National Starch Company
  • National Travelers Life Insurance Building
  • Northwestern Bell Telephone Company
  • Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corporation
  • Pitts Des Moines Steel Company
  • Power Station North 2
  • R R Donnelly and Sons Company
  • R. M. Daly & Company
  • Register & Tribune Building
  • Roosevelt High School Addition
  • Sheetmetal Workers Union
  • Sinclair Refining
  • State of Iowa Capital Commission
  • Storm Lake High School
  • Swift & Company
  • Swift Edible Oil Company
  • Swift Independent Packing
  • Titan Tire Corp
  • Titan Wheel International
  • University Avenue Supply
  • Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Vylactos Laboratories
  • Waldinger Corp
  • West Des Moines High School
  • Yonker Building

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Des Moines, 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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