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Laurel, Mississippi

Laurel is a city in southeast Mississippi on Tallahala Creek. A former timber industry town, Laurel presents an image of Southern graciousness and charm, thanks in part to a 1909 city master plan designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. Laurel's Central Historic District preserves a collection of early 20th century building styles, from Queen Anne to Craftsman. The city is also home to the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Mississippi's oldest art museum, founded in 1921, and Landrum's Homestead & Village, a re-created 19th-century settlement and living history museum. Top employers in Laurel include Sanderson Farms, Howse Implement and Thermo-Kool.

Laurel was established in 1882 as a timber town in Mississippi's Pine Belt region, growing along with the timber industry. Railroad access followed a year later, and in 1893, Eastman-Gardiner & Company established a large-scale lumber mill. More mills and related industries appeared soon after. In 1899, the Lindsey Wagon Company began producing 8-wheeled log wagons. In 1904, the Laurel Machine & Foundry Company was started to provide metal parts for the wagon company; today, it is a general service foundry producing cast and fabricated metal parts and mill supplies. The Mason Fibre Company, which in 1926 began making hardboard from wood paste, a by-product of the lumber mills, evolved into the Masonite Corporation. Masonite is still a major employer in Laurel, though they are no longer headquartered here. The discovery of oil in Laurel in 1942 spurred industrial development in a new direction, and today more than 150 companies provide oil-related services. Laurel's largest employer, Howard Industries, has produced electrical products since 1968, expanding to five divisions in the process. Other items manufactured in Laurel since the 1950s and 1960s include drag conveyor systems, walk-in refrigerators and plastic moldings.

An active manufacturing sector combined with historic preservation places Laurel in a high-risk category for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs. Mesothelioma treatment facilities in and around Laurel are listed at the bottom of this page. Additionally, mesothelioma lawyers may be able to give guidance if you were exposed to asbestos in Laurel and then diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Laurel

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

  • Bailey Lumber Company
  • City of Laurel Miss Water Works
  • Continental Turpentine & Resin Corp
  • David Herring Construction
  • Derrick Sheetmetal Works
  • Eastman, Gardiner and Company
  • Gariner J. High School
  • Green Lumber Company
  • Gulf States Construction
  • Gulf States Investment Company
  • Hercules Chemical Company
  • Hercules Power
  • Jones County Hospital
  • Jones Jr. High 1125
  • Laural Industrial
  • Laurel Compress Company
  • Laurel Cotton Mills
  • Laurel Light and Railway Company
  • Laurel Machine & Foundry
  • Laurel Miss. Sheetmetal
  • Laurel Water Works
  • Lindsey Wagon Company
  • Luther Mcgill
  • Mason Elementary
  • Mason Fibre Company
  • Masonite Corporation
  • Masonite Plant
  • Mengel Company
  • Mississippi Power and Light
  • R.H. Watkins High School
  • R.L. Nix Plumbing
  • United Insulation
  • United Roofing & Construction

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Laurel, Mississippi

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


2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

Distance: 74.1 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Laurel, Mississippi

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

Dr. Pierre E. De Delva
University of Mississippi Medical Center Mississippi Cancer Registry
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

Distance: 74.1 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Laurel, Mississippi

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