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The list of more than 400 asbestos sites in Massachusetts includes not only heavy industries where the substance is most often used, but academic buildings, retirement homes, banks and libraries – and a movie theatre.

An Abundance of Asbestos in Massachusetts

Massachusetts was among the first regions to be settled by European immigrants, starting in the early 1600s. After nearly four centuries, the number of old and historic buildings that have been remodeled and renovated repeatedly is substantial. Asbestos building materials have not been around quite as long, but have still been in use since Henry Johns founded the modern asbestos industry prior to the American Civil War.

Ironically, the very thing that made Henry Johns a wealthy man was also the cause of his demise (the H. W. Johns Manufacturing Company was the forerunner of the Johns-Manville division of Berkshire-Hathaway). Johns died from asbestosis at age sixty.

During the last two decades of the 20th Century, 1372 Massachusetts residents died from asbestos disease; nearly half of these (613) were from mesothelioma. Many of these victims were exposed to asbestos in century-old structures as well as heavy industries, where asbestos was used for fireproofing as well as electrical insulation and protection against corrosive and caustic chemicals.

Asbestos Mining in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is also home to two naturally-occurring asbestos deposits. One is located in the western part of the state near Pittsfield; the other is in the region of Quabbin Reservoir, near Harvard Forest. Commercial mining operations were carried out near both locations, one of them being W.R. Grace & Company, whose corporate officers were indicted on criminal charges in 2007 over the asbestos mining operations in Libby, Montana. Those who worked in the mines should seek legal counsel from a mesothelioma lawyer as they may have been negligently exposed to asbestos.

Massachusetts Mesothelioma Statistics

In Massachusetts, asbestosis deaths slightly outnumber those with mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer, although the latter diseases are much less common. The reason is that prognosis for asbestosis is far better than that for the latter; mesothelioma is incurable and most patients do not survive more than 18 months following a diagnosis. Asbestosis on the other hand is fairly treatable if caught early on.

Asbestos Exposure in Massachusetts Cities

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Massachusetts where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Massachusetts, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Massachusetts Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, or asbestosis.

Adams

  • Adams Flood Control Project
  • Arnold Print Works
  • Bancroft Arnold Print Company
  • Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing Company
  • Board of Education
  • Brightwater Paper Company
  • New England Lime Company
  • Rudd Company

Amherst

  • Amherst College
  • Amherst Company
  • Amherst Graduate Research Center
  • Hampshire College
  • Johnson Acoustics, Incorporated
  • Tillson Farm
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Vermont Rr Tillson Farm

Andover

  • Andover High School
  • Andover Plumbing & Heating
  • Merrimack College
  • Phillips Andover Academy
  • Raytheon Manufacturing Company
  • Shawsheen Mills
  • Tyer Rubber Company
  • Western Electric

Arlington

  • Churchill Apartments
  • Marex Company
  • Mirak Building
  • Symmes Hospital

Athol

  • Athol Table Manufacturing Company
  • Diamond Match Company
  • Edson Fitch
  • Gay and Ward
  • L.S. Starrett Company
  • Union Caro Div F U T O
  • Union Twist Drill Company

Barnstable

  • Barnstable County Jail
  • Barnstable Court House
  • Barnstable Elementary School
  • Barnstable High School
  • Barnstable Maritime Academy
  • Barnstable Middle School
  • Barnstable Power Plant
  • Howard Johnson's

Belmont

  • Eastern Refractories Inc.
  • Manganaro Brothers, Incorporated
  • Mcclean Hospital

Beverly

  • Beverly Gas and Electric Company
  • Beverly Hospital
  • Brimball School
  • R.S. Elliott Plumbing & Heating
  • United Shoe Machinery Company
  • Zampell Refractories

Blackstone

  • Blackstone Manufacturing Company
  • Blackstone‐Millville Regional School
  • Lonsdale Company Blackstone Mill
  • Town of Blackstone

Bridgewater

  • Bridgewater State College
  • Bridgewater State Prison
  • Bridgewater State Teachers College
  • Mammoth Mart
  • State Farm
  • State Normal School

Brighton

  • Acands, Inc.
  • Boston Edison Company
  • Brighton High School
  • C.J. Cox Engineering
  • Edgar Station
  • Heil Equipment
  • Hufarelli Const Company
  • Village Manor

Brookline

  • Brookline Hospital
  • Brookline Police Station
  • Grossman's
  • Hearthstone Plaza
  • Pine Manor College
  • Sears
  • St. Mary's Garage

Burbank

  • Burbank Hospital

Buzzards Bay

  • Buzzards Bay Maritime Academy
  • Buzzards Bay Maritime Academy-Library
  • Buzzards Bay Prison

Cambridgeport

  • Boston Bridge Works
  • Cambridge Electric Light Company
  • Ivers and Paul Piano Company
  • J. Reurdon and Sons, Corporation
  • Kennedy Biscuit Works
  • Morse and Whyte
  • Simplex Wire and Cable Company

Charleston

  • Boston Naval Shipyard
  • Charleston Naval Shipyard
  • Davidson Rubber Company
  • Geo M Fox Company
  • Hood Milk
  • Seaboard Engineering Company
  • U.S. Naval Dry Dock
  • W.F. Schraft & Sons Corporation

Concord

  • Concord Municipal Light Plant
  • Concord Prison
  • Concord Reformatory Powerhouse
  • Emerson Hospital
  • Middlesex Insurance Company Building

Dalton

  • Byron Weston Company
  • Crane and Company
  • Crane Paper Company
  • Craneville School

Danvers

  • Amdur Leather Company Inc
  • Amdur-Limon Tanning Company
  • State Hospital
  • Sylvania Electric Products
  • Thiokol Corporation

Deerfield

  • Deerfield Academy

East Braintree

  • Braintree Electric Light Dept.
  • East Braintree Finishing Company
  • Mass. Oil Refining Company

East Cambridge

  • Blake and Knowles Works
  • Boston Bridge Works.
  • Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Company
  • Cambridge Electric Light Company
  • Cambridge Gas Light Company
  • Gro F Blake Manufacturing Company
  • John P. Squire and Company
  • Revere Sugar Refinery

East Walpole

  • American Wood Board
  • Bird & Son Roofing
  • Bird and Son Inc
  • F W Bird and Son
  • Hollingsworthand Vose Company
  • Roofing Plant

Easthampton

  • Aspinock Corp Hampton Print Works Div
  • Easthampton Maintenance Company
  • Easthampton Rubber Thread Company
  • United Elastic Corp

Fairhaven

  • Fairhaven Drive In
  • Fairhaven Elderly Housing
  • Fairhaven Shopping Center
  • Fairhaven Telephone
  • Fairhaven Town Hall
  • K-Mart-Fairhaven
  • Millicent Library
  • Nichols Nursing Home
  • St. Joseph Church
  • St. Mary's Church
  • Teston Electric

Foxboro

  • Conell Building
  • Foxboro Co.
  • Foxboro Control Manufacturing Co.
  • Foxboro Elementary School
  • Foxboro High School
  • Foxboro Instruments
  • Foxboro Library
  • Foxboro State Hospital

Gloucester

  • Babson School
  • Boston and Northern St Railway Company
  • Cape Ann Anchor & Forge
  • Essex County Electric Company
  • Gloucester Electric Company

Greenfield

  • Berkshire Gas Company
  • Greenfield Electric Light Company
  • Greenfield Hospital
  • Greenfield Tap & Die
  • Greenfield Tool & Die
  • Miller Falls Company
  • United Greenfield Corp

Hingham

  • Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
  • Hingham Shipyard
  • Hingham Town Office
  • Notre Dame Academy

Indian Orchard

  • Fiberloid Corporation
  • Hodges Carpet Company
  • Monsanta Chemical
  • Springfield Foundry Company

Lakeville

  • Assawansett Elementary School
  • Lakeville High School
  • Lakeville Hospital
  • Lakeville Nursing Home
  • Lakeville School
  • Lakeville Water Treatment Plant

Lee

  • Geo Westinghouse Jr
  • Kimberly-Clark Paper Mill
  • Lee High School
  • Mead Paper Mill
  • Schweitzer Paper Mill
  • Smith Paper Company
  • Western Wire & Steel

Leominster

  • American Hoechst
  • Borden Chemical Company
  • Foster Grant
  • Leominster Heating
  • Leominster Hospital

Lexington

  • Honeywell
  • Hugh Stubbins Jr. residence
  • Itek Corporation
  • Lexington and Boston St. Railway Company
  • Page Plumbing & Heating
  • Rte 2A & Rte 128

Marlboro

  • City Hall
  • Marlboro Courthouse
  • Marlborough Electric Company
  • Stop & Shop Incorporated

Milford

  • Archer Rubber Company
  • Magid Hope Silk Mnfg Company
  • Milford Hospital
  • Milford Pink Granite Company
  • Milford Water Company

Milton

  • Milton Academy

Munson

  • Munson State Hospital

Nantucket

  • Nantucket Elementary School
  • Nantucket Hospital
  • Nantucket Island Powerhouse
  • Nantucket Island Towers
  • Nantucket Navy Base Nantucket Personnel Bldg.
  • Nantucket School

Needham

  • American Can Company
  • Charlescrest Apartments
  • Needham High School
  • Polaroid
  • Sandler Harmony Shoemakers
  • Thermodynamics Corporation

North Adams

  • Arnold Print Works
  • Greylock Paper Mill
  • Hoosac Cotton Mills
  • Mt. Greylock High School
  • North Adams College
  • North Adams Gas Light Company
  • North Adams State Teachers College
  • Sprague Electric Company

North Andover

  • Davis & Furber Machine Company
  • M. T. Stevens & Sons Company
  • Peter Aziz Company
  • Stevens Paper Mill
  • Western Electric Company

North Attleboro

  • Commercial Press Building
  • Electric Light Board
  • First United Methodist Church
  • T. J. Smith Company
  • Webster Company

North Grafton

  • Loewy Construction Company
  • Washington Mills Abrasive
  • Wyman Garden Company

Northampton

  • Butler and Ullman, Inc.
  • Cooley Dickenson Hospital
  • Massachusetts State Hospital
  • Northampton State Hospital
  • Smith College
  • State Hospital
  • U.S. Engineers Flood Control
  • U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital

Northbridge

  • American Optical

Northfield

  • Northfield Mountain Hydro Power

Norwood

  • Allied Container
  • Bird & Son Flooring Plant
  • G and H Morrill Company
  • General Builders
  • Harding & Smith, Inc.
  • Holliston Mills Inc.
  • Norwood Hospital
  • Van Ham Pattern & Foundry
  • Winslow Brothers & Smith Company

Palmer

  • Central Mass Electric Company
  • Diamond National Corp
  • M J Whittall
  • Palmer and Munson St.Railway Company
  • Town of Palmer Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Wright Wire Company

Rowe

  • Bear Swamp Hydroelectric Plant
  • Yankee Atomic Electric Company
  • Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Roxbury

  • Boston Technical High School
  • Columbia Apartments
  • Elm Hill Apartments
  • Mr Boston Distiller
  • New England Baptist Hospital
  • New England Insulation Company
  • Preston Plumbing
  • Roxbury Memorial School
  • Veteran's Administration Hospital

Russell

  • Texon, Inc.
  • Westfield Power & Water
  • Westfield Power Paper Company
  • Westfield River Paper Company

Seekonk

  • Ann & Hope Department Store
  • Apex Chemical-Teknor
  • Bliss Marine
  • Chemical Plant
  • Ledgemont Country Club
  • Sullivan Donut
  • Tauton Cooperative Bank

Somerset

  • Brayton Point Station
  • Montaup Electric Company
  • Mount Hope Iron and Steel Manufacturing Company
  • New England Power Company
  • Nrg Energy Inc
  • Pgande National Energy Group
  • Polly Farm & Supply Company
  • United States Generating

South Lee

  • Hulburt Paper Company
  • Mead Paper Specialty
  • Mead Technical Papers
  • South Lee Paper Mill

South Weymouth

  • Boston Edison Company
  • South Senior High School
  • South Shore Hospital
  • South Weymouth Naval Air Base

Southbridge

  • American Optical Corporation
  • Ames Worsted Company
  • Hamilton Woolen Company
  • Southbridge Finishing Company
  • Universal Blank Company

Truro

  • Otis Air Force - 500 Man Theatre
  • Otis Air Force Base
  • Otis Air Force Base - Building 128
  • Otis Air Force Base - Coast Guard Hangar

Walpole

  • Harwood Engineering Company, Inc.
  • Hollingsworth and Vose Company
  • Mass Chemical Company
  • Norfolk Southern Railroad
  • The Kendall Company
  • W.K. Gilmore
  • Walpole State Prison
  • Walpole Tire and Rubber Company

Wareham

  • A & P Warehouse
  • Buzzards Bay Mar. Acad.-Gym & Pool
  • Commonwealth Electric
  • Telephone Building
  • Tobey Hospital
  • Wareham Housing
  • Wareham Intermediate School
  • Wareham School

Wellesley

  • Academy of The Assumption
  • Lake Waban Laundry
  • Newton Wellesley Hospital
  • Wellesley College
  • Wellesley Junior High School
  • Wellesley Public Works Garage

West Lynn

  • General Electric Company
  • Lynn Gas and Electric Company
  • New Gear Plant
  • River Works
  • Thomson Houston Electric Company
  • Utility Section River Wrks

Westborough

  • Bay State Abrasive Products
  • Lyman School For Boys
  • Milk Street Sub Station
  • New England Power Service
  • State Hospital

Woods Hole

  • Woodshole Oceanographic Lab

Wrentham

  • Holiday Diner
  • Vogel School
  • Wrentham Elementary School
  • Wrentham High School
  • Wrentham State Hospital
  • Wrentham State Hospital-Boiler Room
  • Wrentham State School

Yarmouth

  • Yarmouth Catholic Youth Center
  • Yarmouth Elderly Housing
  • Yarmouth School

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Massachusetts

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Massachusetts. 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.


Kendall Square
500 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142


International Mesothelioma Program
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115


450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Mesothelioma Doctors in Massachusetts

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

Dr. Richard L. Kradin
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street, WRN 2
Boston, MA 02114

Dr. Scott Swanson
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Dr. David J. Kwiatkowski
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215

Dr. Raphael Bueno
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Dr. Pasi A. Janne
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Massachusetts

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

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

Asbestos Related News in Massachusetts

Mesothelioma Concerns Grow with Increasing Building Renovations in Massachusetts

The number of asbestos removal projects in Massachusetts has increased, causing much concern for workers to develop mesothelioma or related diseases.

Asbestos Work Displaces 300 Students from Falmouth Schools

Up to two buildings will be needed to house 304 students in Falmouth, Mass., who have been displaced due to asbestos abatement work in their school.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Sources

Alewife Study Group. "W.R. Grace."
http://www.alewife.org/grace/grace_index.html (accessed 23 August 2010).

Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. "Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Massachusetts." All About Malignant Mesothelioma (September 2005.)

Geological Research, Analyses and Services Programs. "Naturally Occurring Asbestos Locations in the Contiguous U.S. and Alaska." Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 25 May 2007.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/noa/usamap.pdf (accessed 23 August 2010).

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