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West Monroe, Louisiana

West Monroe is a city on the Ouachita River in Louisiana. Located in Ouachita Parish, West Monroe has a population of about 13,200. West Monroe has developed since the early 19th century, first agriculturally and then industrially, thanks to close ties with its "twin city" across the river, Monroe. Today, West Monroe offers a mix of industry and culture in a scenic setting. Notable employers include Voith-Sulzer, Louisiana Plastics, and Bancroft Bags. West Monroe is also home to the 1022nd Engineer Company of the 225th Engineer Brigade, which is headquartered at Camp Beauregard.

Settlement began in West Monroe in the late 18th century, but substantial growth began with the establishment of a ferry service from Monroe in 1815. Cotton farms, sheds and warehouse quickly sprung up along the river. In 1851, one such property became the town of Trenton. Just south of Trenton, the community of Cotton Port was developing at the Texas Railroad terminus. In 1883, with the railroad bridge completed, the towns were ready to incorporate; as the name Cotton Port was already registered, they became West Monroe. During the 20th century, papermaking became as dominant an industry as cotton was in the 18th century. The Brown Paper Mill was established in 1923 as the first American kraft paper mill. Despite severe flooding in 1927 and 1932, the mill was successful, and produced corrugated Victory Board boxes for the military in World War II. In 1955, the Brown mill was purchased by Olin Mathieson Chemical Company as part of its Forest Products Division, which became Olinkraft in 1967. The mill changed hands several more times before being acquired by Riverwood International, and is currently operated by parent company Graphic Packing Holding Company. Georgia Pacific also has a manufacturing facility in West Monroe.

West Monroe's history of manufacturing and construction make asbestos exposure a cause of concern for workers and their loved ones. Individuals exposed to asbestos-containing materials may be at risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma in West Monroe, you may also benefit from seeking the advice of a mesothelioma lawyer.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in West Monroe

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

  • Brown Paper Mill Company
  • C.A. Zilker
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • International Paper
  • Olau Paper Mill
  • Olin Matheison Chemical
  • Olin Paper Mill
  • Olinkraft, Inc.
  • Paper Mill
  • Pulp Mill
  • Riverwood International Paper Mill
  • Riverwood Paper Mill
  • Tennessee Gas Transmission Company

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in West 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.

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