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Schenectady, New York

Schenectady is a city in New York state, located near the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. With an estimated population of around 61,000 inhabitants (as of 2000 census), Schenectady is the county seat of Schenectady County, as well as its only city. Its history largely shaped by industrial giants General Electric and American Locomotive Company, Schenectady is rich in reminders of the past. The 17th-century Stockade District, New York's first national historic district, preserves a Dutch colonial neighborhood by the Mohawk River. The GE Realty Plot, a residential neighborhood planned for GE executives, offers a variety of 19th and 20th architectural styles, as well as the first all-electric home. Schenectady is also home to Union College, founded in 1795.

Schenectady was incorporated as a city in 1798. Thomas Edison relocated his Edison Machine Works company to Schenectady in 1887, and formed the General Electric Company in 1892. GE's Schenectady Works carried out manufacturing, research and development at its massive complex of more than 240 buildings, producing turbines, motors, wire and cable, appliances, and many other electrical products. Today, GE maintains its headquarters in Schenectady, but much of the manufacturing has moved elsewhere. The American Locomotive Company, also known as ALCO, formed from the merger of several manufacturers, including Schenectady Locomotive Works, in 1901 and quickly became the second-largest producer of steam engines in the United States. With the help of neighbor General Electric and Ingersoll Rand, ALCO produced the first successful diesel-electric locomotive in 1924. Although diversification helped keep ALCO in business, the Schenectady plant ceased production in 1969. Economic decline and population loss characterized the city in the late 20th century, but Schenectady in recent years has seen a rejuvenation of its downtown area, growth in high-tech companies, and development of housing, restaurants, and a new hotel and cinema.

Schenectady has a substantial legacy of manufacturing activity, in industries where asbestos-containing products were widely used. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for asbestos cancer. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with asbestos cancer in Schenectady, you should also consider contacting an asbestos attorney.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Schenectady

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

  • American Locomotive Company
  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • Atomic Knolls Power Lab
  • C. M. G. Ridley & Sons, Inc.
  • Des Moines Edison Light Company
  • Edison General Electric Company
  • Edison Machine Works
  • Ellis Hospital
  • General Electric Company
  • General Electric Research Lab
  • General Ice Cream Corporation
  • Horstmann Lumber Company
  • International General Electric Company
  • Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
  • Mica Insulator Company
  • Mico Div Minn. Mining
  • Mohawk Gas Company
  • New York State Natural Gas Company
  • Saint Clares Hospital
  • Sandstone Brick Company
  • Schenectady Hotel Company Inc
  • Schenectady Locomotive Works
  • Schenectady Railway Company
  • Schenectady Savings & Loan Association
  • Schenectady Varnish Company, Inc.
  • Schnectady Chemicals
  • Schnectady Locomotive Works
  • Sealtest Foods
  • Shanowee Village Apartments
  • St. Clares Hospital
  • Union College
  • Van Curler Hotel
  • Walter and Hedden

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Schenectady, New York

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


Thoracic Oncology Program
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102

Distance: 98.4 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Schenectady, 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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