Situated at the westernmost point of the Great Lakes on the north shore of Lake Superior, Duluth is a port city in Minnesota and is the county seat of Saint Louis County. As the fourth largest city in Minnesota, Duluth has a population of nearly 87,000. Duluth is also the second largest city that is located on Lake Superior, and has the largest metropolitan area on Lake Superior. Duluth forms a metropolitan area with Superior, Wisconsin. Called the Twin Ports, these two cities share the Duluth–Superior harbor and together are the Great Lakes' largest port and one of the most important, shipping coal, iron ore, and grain. As a tourist destination for the Midwest, Duluth boasts America's only all-freshwater aquarium, the Great Lakes Aquarium; the Aerial Lift Bridge, which spans the short canal into Duluth's harbor; and Park Point, the world's longest freshwater sandbar, spanning 6 miles.
At the close of the 19th century, Duluth was a thriving city; it was home to more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world and had become a favorite summer playground for the rich and the famous. In the early 20th century, Duluth's port was the leading port in the United States, surpassing New York City and Chicago in gross tonnage handled. It was also the location for multiple grain elevators, a cement plant, a nail mill, wire mills, and the Duluth Works plant. In the 1950s, Duluth experienced economic hardship with the decline in iron ore shipments, which were a significant element of the city's economy. By the late 1970s, foreign competition impacted the American steel industry, which eventually led to the closure of the U.S. Steel Duluth Works plant in 1981. Additionally, the steel plant's closing forced the closing of the cement company, which relied on the steel plant for raw materials. Other industrial activity followed suit with more closures, including shipbuilding, heavy machinery and the Duluth Air Force base. With the decline of the city's industrial core, the local economic focus shifted to tourism. Old warehouses along the waterfront were converted into cafés, shops, restaurants, and hotels. Since the beginning of the 21st century, Duluth has also become a regional epicenter for banking, retail shopping, and medical care for northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and northwestern Michigan.
We have confirmed that Duluth, Minnesota has numerous jobsites where asbestos exposure occurred over the years. Workers exposed to asbestos containing products are at risk of developing mesothelioma, a malignant cancer. If you were exposed to asbestos in Duluth and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should also consider contacting a mesothelioma law firm.
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Duluth
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Duluth where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- A. W. Kuettel & Sons, Inc.
- American Steel and Wire Company
- Aurora Iron and Mining Company
- Barnes Riverside Shipyard
- Bethel Home
- Board of Education
- Bridgeman - Russell Company
- Cathedral High School
- Chicago Nw Warehouse Dept
- Duluth Air Force Base
- Duluth and Iron Range Railroad Company
- Duluth Board of Trade Building
- Duluth Imperial Mill Company
- Duluth Steam Corp
- Duluth Street Railway Company
- Duluth-Missabe Railroad
- Ed H. Anderson Company of Duluth
- Elliott and Company
- Geo C Howe
- Georgia Pacific
- Grandview Hospital
- Great Northern Power Company
- Interlake Iron
- International Refinery
- Jackson School
- Jefferson School
- Kuettel Warehouse
- Linde Air Products Company
- Lyceum Blding
- Marshall-Wells Company
- Miller Dwan Medical Center
- Minkota Milling Company
- Minnesota Power & Light Company
- Minnesota Steel Company
- Northern City National Bank
- Northern Pacific Railway Company
- Northwest Paper Company
- Paul W. Abbott Company, Inc.
- Reserve Mining Company
- Sky Harbor Airport & Seaplane Base
- Standard Builders Supply
- Superior Wood Products Company
- Superwood Corp
- U M D Job
- U.S. Steel
- University of Minnesota
- Walter Butler Shipbuilders
- Wolvin Building Company
- Zenith Furnace Company
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Duluth, Minnesota
Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Minnesota, 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 Minnesota
Polaris has recalled 35,000 ATVs because of asbestos bans in Australia, Europe, and New Zealand. Read more about this issue at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.
Scientist Philip Cook's "small fibers matter" asbestos research will be published and shared for the first time at this week's symposium in Duluth, Minnesota.