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Gardner, Massachusetts

Gardner is a city of just over 20,000 residents in North Central Massachusetts. Though once renowned as the "Furniture Capital of New England" for its chair manufacturing, Gardner is now largely residential, with some industrial and commercial areas remaining. Major employers in Gardner today include Heywood Hospital, and Mount Wachusett Community College.

Gardner was first settled in 1764, incorporating as a town in 1785. The surrounding forests provided a ready source of timber, and Gardner quickly became a center for furniture production, particularly chairs. In 1826, the five Heywood brothers began hand-producing wooden chairs, a business which would eventually become B.F. Heywood & Co., and later Heywood-Wakefield Company. From wicker furniture and hand-turned chairs, the company would progress to the steam-bent wooden "Modern" furniture line for which they are best known. The Simplex Time Recorder Company was founded in 1894, and produced time clocks and synchronized clocks for schools. By 1910, the "Chair City" had grown to include 20 chair factories, including Conant-Ball Company, S. Bent & Brothers, and Nichols & Stone. In 1923, Gardner reincorporated as a city. In 1902, the Gardner State Colony was established as a residential institution for the mentally disturbed. Agricultural and handicrafts facilities provided useful occupation for patients, and allowed the colony to be largely self-supporting. The Colony was closed in 1975, and in 1981, the property was converted and reopened as a medium-security correctional facility. With the closing of the Nichols & Stone factory in 2008, the era of furniture production in Gardner had come to a close. The Heywood-Wakefield complex has been converted into apartments and office suites. Several furniture outlet stores remain, but industry in Gardner is much reduced.

Gardner's history of manufacturing means workers may have been put at risk for asbestos disease, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in Gardner, you may benefit from contacting Dr. David Sugarbaker. Additionally, asbestos attorneys may be able to give guidance if you were exposed to asbestos in Gardner and then diagnosed with mesothelioma.

re exposed to asbestos in Gardner and then diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Gardner

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

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Conant Ball Company
  • Gardner Coal & Oil Company
  • Gardner High School
  • Gardner State Colony
  • Gardner State Hospital
  • Heywood Wakefield Company
  • Royal Steam Heater
  • S. Bent and Brothers Inc.
  • Thayer Furniture Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Gardner, Massachusetts

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


55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Distance: 49.4 miles


International Mesothelioma Program
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 48.5 miles


Kendall Square
500 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Distance: 48.8 miles


450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 47.9 miles


The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

Distance: 60.2 miles


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Barbara E. Rubin Building
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Distance: 78.4 miles


Thoracic Oncology Program
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102

Distance: 67.8 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Gardner, Massachusetts

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

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

Distance: 47.9 miles

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

Distance: 47.9 miles

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

Distance: 48.5 miles

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

Distance: 48.5 miles

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

Distance: 49.4 miles

Dr. Anthony Testa
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
Atwood Medical Center
1524 Atwood Avenue Suite 340
Johnston, RI 02919

Distance: 57.8 miles

Dr. David Ettensohn
Hassan Ettensohn Medical Specialists, Ltd.
73 Beechwood Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Distance: 57.9 miles

Dr. Sundaresan T. Sambandan
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Rhode Island
1220 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

Distance: 62.6 miles

Dr. John Pella
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
1150 Reservoir Avenue, Suite 305
Cranston, RI 02920

Distance: 62.6 miles

Dr. Michael R. Grey
The Hospital of Central Connecticut
100 Grand Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Distance: 76.0 miles

Dr. Cherie P. Erkmen
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Distance: 78.4 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Gardner, 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.

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