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Alpena, Michigan

Alpena is a city in northern Michigan situated along the shore of Lake Huron's Thunder Bay, with Alpena Township surrounding it on land. Alpena serves as the seat of Alpena County. Despite its small population, just over 10,000 residents, Alpena is by far the largest city in the sparsely populated Lower Peninsula area, and serves as its commercial and cultural hub. It is considered to be one of the two anchor cities of Northern Michigan, along with Traverse City.

Alpena was incorporated in 1871. It was initially a site of commercial fishing activity and is still home to extensive commercial fishing activities. Eventually, like much of Michigan, the Alpena area was shaped by the logging era of the 1800s, which became the basis of the wood, cement, and heavy machinery industries evident in Alpena today. Alpena is known for having one of the largest limestone quarries in the world. It is owned and operated by the Lafarge Corporation, a major cement manufacturer and exporter. Alpena is also the world headquarters of Besser Company, a manufacturer of concrete block machines; and home to a drywall board manufacturing facility owned by Decorative Panels International. Tourism (fishing, hunting, camping and a variety of water sports) is also an important component of Alpena's economy.

Alpena, Michigan’s varied history of manufacturing and heavy industry place it in a high risk category for asbestos exposure. Workers and loved ones exposed to asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma cancer, an asbestos-related disease. Mesothelioma lawyers may also be able to assist you if you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos in Alpena.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Alpena

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

  • Abitibi Corporation
  • Abitibi Paper Mill
  • Abt Company Inc
  • Alpena Huron Portland Cement
  • Alpena Senior High School
  • Besser Company
  • Decorative Panels International
  • Dorr - Oliver Inc.
  • Fletcher Paper Company
  • Huron Portland Cement Company
  • Kelley Island Lime and Transport Company

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Alpena, 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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