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Gloucester, New Jersey

Gloucester City is a city on the Delaware River in Camden County, New Jersey. Not to be confused with Gloucester Township, which is also in Camden County, Gloucester City has an area of about 2.8 square miles, and a current population of just fewer than 11,500. Established by the Dutch as the trading post of Fort Nassau in the 1620s, Gloucester City's waterfront has long been an active area for many kinds of industries, from fishing and weaving to the oil refineries of the 20th century.
Gloucester City has seen a decline in heavy industry, and has expanded its service and retail-related businesses. Typical employers include food distributor Heim's Pure Foods, Universal Supply Company, and maintenance contractor Nest International.

By the 18th century, Gloucester City was a well-established community and county seat, known for its berry crops and fishery. In 1786, the county seat was moved to Woodbury, causing a general decline for several decades. In 1845, industry returned to Gloucester with the establishment of the Washington Manufacturing Company. The success of the Washington mills attracted other businesses, including a bleaching works, and a renewed ferry service. The Gloucester Gingham Mills (est. 1870), the Ancona Print Works (est. 1871) and the Gloucester Iron Works (est. 1864) were among the industrial endeavors of David Sands Brown, a New Hampshire man who helped found the Washington mills and turn Gloucester City into an industrial center. In the 20th century, petroleum refining and construction materials dominated the city's manufacturing activity. In 1967, GAF opened paper and vinyl products plants on the site of a former shipyard, repurposing several buildings and a 1901 powerhouse. GAF closed both plants in 1985. Gulf & Western operated a titanium dioxide plant nearby during roughly the same period. In recent decades, the city's waterfront industrial area has undergone environmental remediation and redevelopment in hopes of attracting new industry to the area.

Gloucester City's lengthy history of manufacturing and construction makes asbestos exposure an ongoing concern. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for malignant mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs. If you were exposed to asbestos in Gloucester City and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should also consider contacting an asbestos law firm.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Gloucester

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

  • Argo Mills Company
  • Atlantic Oil Refinery
  • Camden, Gloucester and Woodbury Electric Railroad Company
  • Carpenters Union - Local 393
  • Dickman & Hansen
  • Gaf
  • Gloucester City Incinera
  • Harshaw Chemical Company
  • Hinde and Dauch Paper Company
  • New Jersey Zinc Company
  • Ruberoid Company
  • Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Steam Rent, Inc.
  • Texaco Oil
  • U S Coast Guard
  • Welsbach Company

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Gloucester, New Jersey

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