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Gretna, Louisiana

Gretna is a city on the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Located just east of New Orleans, Gretna is the parish seat of Jefferson Parish, with a population of about 17,700. Formally settled in 1836, Gretna became the parish seat in 1884 and was incorporated in 1913 following a merger with nearby McDonoghville. Though prone to flooding, Gretna developed steadily during the 19th and 20th century from a rural farming community to today's diverse economy, which includes manufacturing, retail, healthcare and service industries. Notable employers include Jefferson Parish, Oschner Medical Center, and Entergy Louisiana.

Gretna's earliest industries were largely agricultural, with products including tobacco, indigo, timber and furs. The early 19th century brought brickyards, sawmills, a foundry and a steamboat plant. The local plantations produced indigo and sugarcane. By the late 19th century, Gretna could boast a ferry service, three railroads and the David Crockett Steam Fire Company #1, founded in 1841 and renamed in 1874 for the steam-driven fire engines then in use. Gretna became more industrialized in the 20th century. The Gulf & Valley Cotton Oil Company built a new refinery in 1919 - locating it right between the Southern Cotton Oil Company and the Seaboard Refining Company. Zatarain's, which was founded in New Orleans in 1889, moved to Gretna in 1963, where it continues to make its signature Cajun and Creole-style seasonings and foods. Malter International, a janitorial chemical manufacturer, operated a plant from the 1960s to 1992. After several years of environmental site cleanup, the property has been acquired by Zatarain's.

Gretna's lengthy history of industry and manufacturing makes asbestos exposure an ongoing concern. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for asbestos cancer. For your convenience, we have listed mesothelioma cancer centers located in or near Gretna at the bottom of this page. If you were exposed to asbestos in Gretna and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should also consider contacting an asbestos law firm.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Gretna

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

  • C.S. Burt and Company
  • Gulf Atlanta Refinery
  • Gulf Distilling Company
  • Holloway House
  • Hunt Foods and Industries Inc
  • Mayer Alcohol Company
  • Oakwood Shopping Center
  • Southern Cotton Oil Company
  • Union Oil Company
  • Witco Chemical Company, Inc.

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Gretna, Louisiana

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


Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121

Distance: 7.9 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Gretna, Louisiana

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

Dr. W. Charles Conway, II
Ochsner Cancer Institute
Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121

Distance: 7.9 miles

Dr. Brian L. Pettiford
Ochsner Cancer Institute
Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121

Distance: 7.9 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Gretna, Louisiana

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

Asbestos Found in New Orleans Courthouse

Asbestos was recently discovered in the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse, causing it to shut down while contractors remove it. Read more at Mesothelioma.com.

Avondale Shipyard Being Sued By Former Employee For Asbestos-Related Disease

Former employee of ten years at Avondale Shipyard is suing the company for damages from asbestos exposure, which has led to silicosis disease.

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