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Alma, Michigan

Alma, home to more than 9,000 residents, is the largest city in Gratiot County, Michigan. Founded by Ralph Ely in 1854 along the banks of the Pine River, Alma incorporated as the Village of Alma in 1872, and later it was incorporated as a city in 1905. The city reached prominence nationally in the 1910s and 1920s as home of the Republic Motor Truck Company, at the time it was the largest exclusive truck manufacturer in the world.

Alma’s early economy depended largely upon lumber, mills and agriculture. As time progressed, the community became home to the Michigan Masonic Home, Alma College, food processing, and manufacturing. Republic Motor Truck Company was a manufacturer of commercial trucks circa 1913 - 1929, in Alma. The company was one of the major suppliers of "Liberty trucks" used by American troops during World War I, and by 1918, it was the maker of one out of every nine trucks on the roads in the United States. in 1928, the company merged with the American LaFrance Company to become LaFrance-Republic, which was later purchased by the Sterling Motor Truck Company in 1931, and then by the White Motor Company in 1951. A parts depot for Republic existed in Alma until 1957. In the 1930's, Leonard Petroleum and Mid‐West Refining began operating refineries in Alma. The oil industry continued to be a major economic force in Alma until 2000. Alma currently has a diversified economic base of industry, retail, and service industries. Among the city’s major employers are Mid-Michigan Medical Center, Alma College, Alma Products, Avalon Tahoe Pontoon, Great Lakes Petroleum, and Merrill Fabricators.

Exposure to asbestos in the workplace in Alma, particularly at oil refineries and manufacturing plants, has been an enduring problem. Workers and others exposed to asbestos-containing products may be at risk for developing mesothelioma, a potentially terminal cancer. Mesothelioma attorneys may also be able to assist you if you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos in Alma, Michigan.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Alma

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

  • Alma College
  • Alma Manufacturing Company
  • Alma Products
  • Alma Refinery
  • Central Mich. Light and Power Company
  • General Telephone Building
  • Leonard Refineries Inc.
  • Michigan National Guard Armory
  • Republic Motor Truck Company
  • Total Petroleum Inc.
  • Total Refinery

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Alma, Michigan

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

1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Distance: 89.3 miles

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Cancer Care Center
5301 Huron River Drive, Suite C-139
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Distance: 96.8 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Alma, Michigan

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

Dr. Gregory P. Kalemkerian
University of Michigan Health System
Cancer Center Floor B1 Reception C
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., SPC 5912
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Distance: 89.3 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Alma, Michigan

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