Located in a deep valley in western Montana, the city of Missoula is the second largest city in Montana and serves as county seat of Missoula County. The city was founded in 1860 as Hellgate Trading Post before being renamed Missoula Mills. Missoula is best known for being home to the University of Montana and the birthplace of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to U.S. Congress.
Up until the 1880s, Missoula’s founding as a lumber and agricultural trading post supported early development. It was not until 1883 when Missoula’s growth really accelerated with the establishment of the Northern Pacific Railway in town. Timber demand for the railway led to the organization of lumber, pulp and paper companies such as Intermountain Lumber Company and Hoerner Waldorf Corporation. Missoula became a thriving city but was lacking one modern commodity of the time -- electricity. In the 1930s, electric utilities considered it too expensive and unprofitable to run power lines to rural areas like Missoula. Missoula Electric Cooperative was formed in 1939 and helped energize the first 75 miles of line that served people from Hellgate to Six Mile, Milltown to two miles east of Clinton, and from Lolo south to Bass Creek. Today, Missoula’s economy has undergone diversification with the presence of education, healthcare, retail, government, and tourism industries. The University of Montana is the area’s largest employer, followed by St. Patrick Hospital and the Community Medical Center.
We have confirmed that Missoula has numerous sites where asbestos exposure occurred over the course of its history. Workers exposed to asbestos containing products have the possibility of developing pleural mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer. If you were exposed to asbestos in Missoula and have been diagnosed with a type mesothelioma, you should consider contacting an asbestos law firm.
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Missoula
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Missoula where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- Amalgamated Sugar Company
- American Crystal Sugar Company
- Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
- Clausen Refrigeration
- Evans Products Company
- Great Western Sugar Company
- Hoerner Waldorf Corporation
- Hoerner Waldorf Paper Products
- Intermountain Lumber Company
- Iowa Valley Sugar Company Inc.
- Missoula Electric Cooperative
- Missoula Light and Water Company
- Missoula White Pine Sash
- Montana State University
- Montana University Of
- New Mens Residence
- Paper Mill & Digester
- Smurfit Stone Container
- Stone Container Corporation
- University of Montana
- Van Evan Company
- Waldorf Hoerner Paper Products Company
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Missoula, Montana
Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Montana, 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 Montana
The Montana Legislature has proposed a bill that could restrict medical marijuana access to people with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related health problems.
New state laws could put an end to the Montana State Fund, which helps pay for asbestos-related workers compensation claims. Read more at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.