Cheektowaga, New York
Cheektowaga, is a town in Erie County, New York, and the largest of Buffalo's suburbs. During the 19th century, Cheektowaga developed into a transportation nexus, due to its location, just ten miles south of the Canadian border on the outskirts of Buffalo. More rural than its heavily industrialized neighbor, Cheektowaga's neighborhoods developed along the railroad lines and highways which run through the town. Today the town is largely residential, with primarily service-sector industries, including higher education, retail and restaurants. Cheektowaga is home to Villa Maria College, a small Catholic college with a focus on music and the arts. The Walden Galleria, the largest shopping mall in the Buffalo-Niagara area, opened in 1989.
The name Cheektowaga is derived from a Seneca Native word meaning "place of the crabapple tree." When settlers from New England arrived in 1808, they established a farming community which was initially part of the town of Erie before incorporating in 1829. Prominent residents such as Appollos Hitchcock and George Urban promoted industrial activity, founding mills, breweries, farms and investing in public utilities. The George Urban Milling Company became the first mill in the Buffalo area powered solely by electricity from Niagara Falls. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, transportation development, including several railroad lines, trolley lines and highways, spurred housing construction and sub-divisions sprang up around the railroad stations. The Buffalo Municipal Airport was opened in Cheektowaga in 1920. At the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the Curtis Wright Aircraft plant in Buffalo purchased land for a new factory near the airport to meet anticipated wartime need. The #2 plant, which opened in 1941, built more than 17,000 aircraft before it closed in 1946. The site was then occupied by Westinghouse Electric Company, which ran its Motor and Industrial Controls division there until 2000, when the property was demolished for an airport expansion.
Cheektowaga's active construction and transportation industries have made asbestos exposure an issue. Workers exposed to asbestos are at risk to develop diseases such as pleural mesothelioma. If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos in Cheektowaga, you may benefit by seeking counsel from a mesothelioma attorney.
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Cheektowaga
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Cheektowaga where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- American Optical Company
- Cheektowaga Central Schools
- Cheektowaga Plant
- J. W. Clement Company
- Norfolk Western Railroad
- Thruway Mall
- Twin Industries Corporation
- United States Rubber Reclaiming Company
- Village of Cheektowaga
- Westinghouse Electric
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Cheektowaga, New York
Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in New York, 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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