The City of Monroe is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. Located on the Ouachita River, Monroe has an estimated population of about 51,600. Once an agricultural and natural gas producing region, Monroe has in recent years focused more on healthcare, education and service industries. Representative employers include pump manufacturer Gardner Denver Thomas Products, Graphic Packaging Corporation and telecommunications company CenturyLink. Monroe is also home to a campus of the University of Louisiana.
Fort Miro was established in 1790. Early economic activity included agriculture, ranching and lumbering, with cotton, cotton oil, cattle and bricks being notable commodities through the 1920s. Riverboats and, later, railroads facilitated trade up and down the river. In the early 20th century, carbon black and gasoline were manufactured from the products of the Monroe gas field discovered beneath the city in 1916. By the early 1920s, the field's gas yield was sufficient to support six carbon black plants in the area, operated by companies such as Columbia Carbon Company and United Oil & Natural Gas Products Company. Cotton growing was still a substantial industry in Monroe during this period, and in 1925, Huff Daland Dusters moved to Monroe. The small crop-dusting company soon boasted the world's largest privately-owned air fleet, and in 1928 became Delta Air Service, forerunner to present-day Delta Air Lines. During World War II, Monroe Regional Airfield was used by the army as a navigation school known as Selman Field Army-Air Force Navigation School. The Chennault Aviation & Military Museum helps preserve the history of the airfield.
Monroe's history of manufacturing and construction, much of it concentrated in a period when asbestos-containing materials were widely used, makes asbestos exposure an ongoing concern. Workers and their loved ones who have been exposed to asbestos may be at risk for asbestos cancer. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with asbestos cancer in Monroe, you should also consider contacting a mesothelioma law firm.
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Monroe
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Monroe where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- Adams Industries
- Brown Industries
- Brown Paper Mills Company
- Charity Hospital
- City of Monroe Municipal Power Plant
- City Water Department
- Continental Can Company
- Electric Power Plant - City of Monroe
- Entergy Corp
- Louisiana Power & Light Company
- Manville Forest Products
- Middle South Utilities
- Monroe Municipal Power Plant
- Monroe Power House
- Municipal Light and Power Plant
- Municipal Power Plant
- Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
- Olinkraft, Inc.
- Quachita National Bank
- St. Francis Hospital
- St. Francis Sanitarium
- Tennessee Gas Transmission Company
- Utilities Commission
- Weaks Supply Company
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Monroe, 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
Former employee of ten years at Avondale Shipyard is suing the company for damages from asbestos exposure, which has led to silicosis disease.
A new asbestos teaching facility, research lab, and community resource opened as ULM's newest multi-use building in Monroe's Toxicology Department.