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Tonawanda, New York

Tonawanda is a city on the Niagara River in New York State. It is surrounded on three sides by the town of Tonawanda, and sits across the Erie Canal from the city of North Tonawanda. Tonawanda has a population of around 16,000 residing in a 4.1 square mile area. Located five miles from Buffalo, and 15 miles from Niagara Falls, Tonawanda has a small-town feel, with easy access to big city amenities. Tonawanda offers historic homes, five parks, and a variety of recreational opportunities. A former New York Central & Hudson Valley Railway station now houses a local history museum, focusing on the lumber industry and the Erie Canal.

The first permanent resident of Tonawanda arrived about 1808, building first a home and then, in 1811, a tavern. That same year, a blockhouse was constructed in anticipation of what would become the War of 1812. In 1813, British soldiers burned the blockhouse, and most of the settlement. A series of developments helped turn Tonawanda into a major lumber and shipping center: the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, the establishment of railroads in 1836 and 1842, and an increased demand for lumber after the Civil War. By 1892, the "Lumber City" had also established an iron & steel foundry, rolling mills, boiler works, cider mill, brewery and water pipe factory. The Spaulding Fibre Company established a plant for making vulcanized fibre sheeting and pipe in 1911. In the 1930s, the plant began producing "Spauldite," a phenol formaldehyde resin molding material similar to Bakelite. For many decades Spaulding was the largest employer in Tonawanda, leading to several expansions. The plant closed for good in 1992, and was demolished in 2006. Today, Tonawanda's manufacturing base is largely gone, and the city's economic focus is on tourism, healthcare and education.

Tonawanda's history of manufacturing and transportation makes asbestos exposure a concern for workers. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs. Mesothelioma clinics in and around Tonawanda are listed at the bottom of this page. If you were exposed to asbestos in Tonawanda and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should also consider contacting a mesothelioma law firm.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Tonawanda

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

  • American Brass
  • Ashland Oil Inc
  • Buffalo General Electric Company
  • Buffalo Niagara Electric Company
  • Chevrolet Foundry
  • Chevrolet Motor Company
  • Chevrolet Plant
  • Clucas Plumbing Corporation
  • Colorado Fuel & Iron Corporation
  • Continental Can Company
  • Continental Forest
  • Dunlop Tire and Rubber Corporation
  • Dupont Tedlar Plant
  • Durez Manufacturing
  • Durez Plant
  • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
  • Eastern States Milling Company
  • Frontier Oil & Refining Company
  • General Motors
  • Huntley Station North 1
  • Huntley Station North 2
  • International Paper Company
  • J.H. Williams and Company
  • Joseph Davis, Inc.
  • Linde Air Products Company
  • Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
  • Nrg Energy Inc
  • Ny Wire Mills
  • Occidental/Hooker/Durez
  • River Power Station
  • River Road Plant
  • Semet Solvay
  • Sid Harvey Supply, Inc.
  • Spaulding Fibre Company
  • Tonawanda Coke Company
  • Tonawanda Incinerator
  • Union Carbide Corporation
  • Union Carbide Linde Facility
  • Wickwire Spencer Steel Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Tonawanda, New York

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

Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263

Distance: 8.4 miles

Wilmot Cancer Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 704
Rochester, NY 14642

Distance: 64.0 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Tonawanda, New York

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

Dr. Sai Yendamuri
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263

Distance: 8.4 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Tonawanda, 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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