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Monroe, Michigan

Founded in 1785 and incorporated in 1817, Monroe, Michigan is the largest city in and county seat of Monroe County, with an estimated population of 20,700. Occupying a total area of 10.1 square miles, Monroe is located approximately 14 miles north of Toledo, Ohio and 25 miles south of Detroit. The Port of Monroe is the only Michigan port on Lake Erie and Sterling State Park is the only one of Michigan's 98 state parks located on or near Lake Erie. Monroe is probably most recognized as the home of the La-Z-Boy world headquarters, located in the city since 1927.

Cardboard boxes, newsprint, wrapping paper, binder cardboard, liner board, fiber board, cereal cartons, recycled fiber; and most recently roofing shingles, once made Monroe a manufacturing center for paper and paper-related products. The first of the city’s many paper mills began in 1834 when the Raisinville Mill was built several miles west of the city on the south bank of the River Raisin. Other paper mills followed: Monroe Paper Company (circa 1866), River Raisin Paper Company (circa 1911), Monroe Paper Products Company (circa 1921), and Ace Paper Products Company (circa 1953). In 1974, the Monroe Power Plant, currently the fourth largest coal firing plant in North America, began operations. The coal-fire electrical generating station is located on the River Raisin and Lake Erie shore. The Monroe Power Plant burns about eight-million tons of coal per year. It burns a mixture of low-sulfur Western coal and mid-sulfur Eastern coal. About one-million tons of coal is unloaded by freighters which dock on the River Raisin, and the remaining seven-million tons by train. An average train has 115-rail cars, each carrying 100 tons of coal. One of the most prominent features of the Monroe Power Plant are its twin 805' tall concrete smoke stacks, which are Monroe landmarks visible from nearly 20 miles away and are among the tallest structures in Michigan. Monroe Power Plant is one of Monroe’s largest taxpayers.

Monroe has a history of heavy industrial activity, particularly at manufacturing facilities and power plants, which puts it in a high risk category for asbestos exposure. Workers and others exposed to asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma. For your convenience, we have listed mesothelioma cancer centers located in or near Monroe, Michigan at the bottom of this page. If you were exposed to asbestos in Monroe, you may benefit from seeking the advice of an asbestos attorney.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Monroe

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

  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Chrysler Mount Rd Plant
  • Consolidated Paper Company
  • Detroit and Toledo Construction Company
  • Detroit Edison Company
  • Detroit Monroe and Toledo Short Line Refining
  • Detroit Stoker Company
  • E Monroe Plant
  • Enrico Fermi Powerhouse
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Monroe Coal Power Plant
  • Monroe Harbor Terminal
  • Monroe Paper Products Company
  • Monroe Powerhouse
  • Monroe Stamping
  • Monroe Steel
  • Monroe Water Works
  • Nrico Fermi Power Plant
  • Power Reactors Development Company
  • River Raisin Paper Company
  • Saint Mary's Academy
  • Sewage Disposal Plant
  • St. Marys Academy
  • Thriftway
  • Toledo and Monroe Railway
  • Westinghouse Electric Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Monroe, Michigan

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

3232 Central Park West, Suite C
Toledo, OH 43617

Distance: 21.9 miles

2010 East 90th Street
Cleveland, OH 44195

Distance: 95.9 miles

1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Distance: 28.3 miles

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

Distance: 21.0 miles

4100 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Distance: 36.1 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Monroe, Michigan

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Monroe, 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: 28.3 miles

Dr. Shirish M. Gadgeel
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
4100 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Distance: 36.1 miles

Dr. Nathan Pennell
The Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
9500 Euclid Avenue, Mail Code R30
Cleveland, OH 44195

Distance: 95.9 miles

Dr. James Stevenson
Cleveland Clinic/Taussig Cancer Institute
Mail Code R35
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195

Distance: 95.9 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Monroe, 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.

Asbestos Related News in Michigan

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