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Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in North Carolina

North Carolina

North Carolina is home to a number of chrysotile (“white” asbestos) deposits, which are concentrated in the state's mountainous western and southwestern regions.

Jobsites in North Carolina at which workers suffered asbestos exposure include power plants, steel mills and shipyards. Such industries can be found in every major city in the state.

Power Plants Workers at Risk

Medical researchers in Puerto Rico studied the chest x-rays of several hundred power plant workers and discovered indications of respiratory disease in fully 13% of the images. A later study from the Center for Health Statistics confirms that that workers employed at power generating facilities are at greater risk for developing such disease. These workers include:

  • electricians
  • pipefitters
  • boilermakers
  • repairmen and maintenance personnel

Asbestos insulation was often used to wrap electrical conduits were often wrapped in asbestos insulation, while asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used in the plaster, drywall, and the cement used to construct the buildings that housed them. Because asbestos is not only heat and fire resistant but is also an excellent electrical insulator, wiring, panel partitions, and electrical cloth manufactured between 1930 and 1980 all contained ACMs.

Steel Mills in North Carolina

The Nucor Corporation was one of the first steel mills to use electric arc furnaces rather than blast furnaces when it commenced operations in 1966. However, because heat and fire hazards remained, asbestos was used for gaskets and linings, ovens, ladles, boilers, and steam pipes. Asbestos exposure also came from clothing designed to protect steelworkers from burns, as it was usually lined with the material.

Steelworkers running the highest risk of asbestos disease include:

  • pourers and casters
  • operators, tenders
  • furnace operators and inspectors
  • machine setters
  • millwrights
  • welder.

Shipbuilding and Asbestos in North Carolina

Ship construction throughout the world involved the use of asbestos products for decades. Asbestos insulation was used for pipes, fireproof doors, and between decks in order to deaden sound. Some of North Caorlina's shipyards include:

  • North Carolina Shipbuilding Company
  • Cardinal Lines
  • New Bern Shipyard (no longer in business)

4,700 workers at a Maryland Coast Guard facility were the subject of a recent study by the National Cancer institute; these people showed elevated rates of asbestos disease. Researchers reported that the difference in rates of asbestos disease between shipyard workers and the public at large was “small but significant.” Such workers should seek medical attention from mesothelioma clinics in their area.

Mesothelioma Statistics in North Carolina

During the last two decades of the twentieth century, 1000 North Carolinians died from asbestos disease. Although mesothelioma is much rarer than asbestosis, victims of this form of cancer accounted for more than 50% of these fatalities. The reason may be attributed to the fact that asbestosis is not immediately fatal and can be managed with early detection and proper treatment. Mesothelioma on the other hand is virtually always fatal; most patients die within eighteen months of their diagnosis.

Asbestos Exposure in North Carolina Cities

The following list of cities in the state of North Carolina are home to jobsites where asbestos exposure is know to have occurred. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobs ites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at North Carolina Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the job sites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk to develop malignant mesothelioma or asbestos related lung cancer.

Asheboro

  • Acme-Mccrary Corporation
  • Bossong Hosiery Mills
  • Burlington Industries
  • Moores Super Stores
  • Pitchard St Plant
  • Union Carbide

Aurora

  • Brown & Root
  • Pcs Phosphate Company Inc
  • Texas Gulf Sulfur Company

Boone

  • Appalachian Electric Power Company
  • Appalachian State College
  • Appalachian State University
  • International Register Company
  • Sherwin Williams Company
  • Watauga Building Sup Inc.
  • Watauga County Hospital

Brevard

  • Agfa Corp
  • Brevard Photo Products
  • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
  • Photo Products Department

Burlington

  • Aurora Cotton Mills
  • Burlington Mills
  • Lawrence Hall
  • Piedmont Railway and Electric Company
  • Western Electric Company

Butner

  • Butner Training School
  • John Umstead Hospital
  • Mount Hope Finishing Company
  • Murdoch Center
  • Murdoch School
  • State Hospital At Butner

Canton

  • Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc
  • Champion Fibre Company
  • Champion International Corporation
  • Champion Paper & Fiber Company
  • Champion Paper Company

Cliffside

  • Cone Mills Weaving Plant
  • Duke Power Company

Concord

  • Brown Manufacturing Company
  • Cabanus Manufacturing Company
  • Cabarous Hospital
  • Cabarrus Cotton Mills
  • Cabarrus County Hospital
  • Cannon Manufacturing Company
  • Cannon Mills Company
  • Faggart Brothers Lumber Company
  • Gibson Manufacturing Company
  • Kerr Bleaching and Finishing Works Inc.
  • Miami Mining Company
  • Northeast Medical Center

Cramerton

  • Burlington Industries, Inc.
  • Burlyngton Mills Corp
  • Cramerton Automotive Products Lp
  • Cramerton Finishing Plant
  • Cramerton Mills
  • Eagle Mountain Finishing
  • Mayflower Plant
  • New Finishing Plant
  • William G. Lord Plant

Cullowhee

  • U N C Western Carolina University
  • Western Carolina Teachers College
  • Western Carolina University

Eden

  • B and S Warehouse and Storage
  • Duke Power Company - Dan River Power Plant
  • Fieldcrest Cannon Inc
  • Karastan Rug Mill
  • Mohawk Industries Inc
  • Power Sources Inc.
  • Santee Company
  • Sara Lee
  • Trigen Biopower Inc

Enka

  • Akzona Inc
  • American Enka
  • American Enka Corp
  • Basf Corp
  • Basf Fibers
  • Erwin Cotton Mills
  • Power House
  • Rayon Factory

Fletcher

  • Cranston Heating Company
  • Cranston Print Works Company
  • Ralph Wilson Plastics
  • Wilsonart

Forest City

  • Burlington Industries, Inc.
  • Cone Mills Florence Plant
  • Florence Mills
  • J. C. Bowan Plant
  • Power Sources, Inc
  • Trigen Biopower Inc

Gastonia

  • American and Efird
  • Arlington Cotton Mills
  • Ashebrook High School
  • B.F. Goodrich Company
  • Belks East Ridge Mall
  • Firestone Textiles, Inc.
  • Gaston County Hospital
  • Gaston County Jail
  • Geo A Gray Gastonia Cotton Manufacturing Company
  • Gray Manufacturing Company
  • Groves Thread Company, Inc.
  • Hinde and Dauch Paper Company
  • Lida Stretch Fabrics
  • Loray Mills
  • Modena Cotton Mills
  • Ozark Cotton Mills
  • Parkdale Mills
  • PeeWee D/W
  • Threads, Inc.
  • Us Postal Service
  • Westvaco Corp

Goldsboro

  • Carolina Power & Light Company
  • Cellotex Corporation
  • Duke Power Company - Lee Power Plant
  • H F Lee Steam Plant
  • J.P. Taylor Company Inc.
  • Lee Steam Plant - Unit 2
  • Quaker Neck Power Station
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

Graham

  • Cannon Mills Company
  • Culp Decorative Fabrics
  • Culp Weaving
  • Cummings Senior High School
  • Piedmont Railway and Electric Company

Greenville

  • Burroughs Chemical Plant
  • Burroughs-Wellcome Company
  • Catalytica Pharmaceuticals Inc
  • City of Greenville - Municipal Power Plant
  • East Carolina College
  • East Carolina University
  • Glaxo Wellcome, Inc.
  • John E. Hughes and Company
  • Main Power House
  • R.L. Humber Machine Works
  • Water and Light Commission

Hamilton

  • Alamac Knit Fabrics
  • Beaunit Mills Inc
  • Beaunit Textiles
  • Hamilton Plant
  • West Point Pepperell
  • West Point Stevens

Haw River

  • Cone Finishing Company
  • Cone Mills Corporation
  • Granite Finishing Plant
  • Tabardrey Plant

Henderson

  • Berkley Mills
  • Harriet Cotton Mills
  • Mount Hope Finishing Company, Inc
  • Nu Southern Dyeing Etc
  • US Steel

High Point

  • Burlington Industries
  • Carolina Container Corporation
  • Globe Parlor Furniture Company
  • Hayworth Roll & Panel Company
  • Headquarters Fire Station
  • Heritage Furniture Company
  • High Point Overall
  • Market Square Ltd
  • Melrose Hosiery Mill
  • National Furniture Mart
  • New England Industries, Inc.
  • Southern Furniture Exposition Building
  • Sunshine Laundry Inc.
  • The Sherwin Williams Company
  • Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Company
  • Tomlinson of High Point

Huntersville

  • McGuire Nuclear Power Plant

Jacksonville

  • Camp Lejeune
  • Jacksonville Plywood Mill
  • Marine Corps Base
  • Weyerhaeuser Company

Kings Mountain

  • Margrace Mill
  • Neisco Inc Margrace Plant
  • Neisler Mills Inc
  • Spectrum Dyed Yarns
  • Spectrum Textured Fibers Inc.
  • St. Matthews Lutheran Church

Kinston

  • Caswell Center
  • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
  • Electric Power Plant
  • Kinston Generating Station
  • Willow Wisp Apartments

Lexington

  • Carolina Panel Company
  • Cobble Dairy Company
  • Dixie Furniture Company Inc.
  • Duracell Usa
  • Lexington Furniture Company Inc
  • Ppg Industries
  • United Furniture Corporation

Marion

  • American Thread
  • Baxter Healthcare Corp
  • Clinchfield Manufacturing Company
  • Cross Cotton Mills Company
  • Drexel Enterprises
  • Drexel Heritage Furnishings Plant 2
  • Harvest Drive Inn
  • Marion Manufacturing
  • Sheer Craft

Matthews

  • J&H Power Group, Inc.

Mocksville

  • Heritage Furniture Company, Inc.
  • Lexington Furniture Ind Inc
  • T. Henry Wilson & Associates

Moncure

  • Cape Fear Sc Steam Plant
  • Cape Fear Steam Plant
  • Carolina Power & Light Company
  • Evans Products Company
  • Weyerhauser Paper Mill

Morganton

  • Drexel Heritage Furnishings
  • First Baptist Church
  • Grace Hospital
  • Henredon Furniture Company
  • Henredon Furniture Industries
  • National Carbon
  • North Carolina School For The Deaf

Mount Holly

  • American Can and Efird Mills Inc.
  • American Yarn and Processing Company
  • Duke Energy Corp
  • Duke Power Company
  • Duke Power/ Riverbend
  • Leaksville Woolen Mills
  • Riverbend Steam Plant
  • Sandaz Chemical
  • Sodyeco Division
  • Southern Dyestuff Corporation

New Bern

  • Barbour Boat Works
  • Craven Rendering Company
  • J.L. Roper Lumber Company,
  • Weyerhaeuser Company

New Hill

  • Shearon Harris Generating Station

Plymouth

  • Chicago Mill and Lumber Corp
  • Georgia Pacific Corp
  • North Carolina Pulp Company
  • Paper Division
  • Richmond Cedar Works
  • Weyerhauser Company
  • Weyerhauser Paper Mill - Paper Division

Reidsville

  • American Suppliers Div American Tobacco Company
  • American Tobacco Company
  • Commonwealth Brands Inc
  • Cone Mills Corporation
  • Reidsville Branch

Riegelwood

  • Federal Paper Board Company, Incorporated
  • International Paper Armour Lumber
  • International Paper Company
  • Riegel Paper Corporation

Rockingham

  • Carolina Paper Mills
  • Entwistle Manufacturing Company
  • Fruit of The Loom
  • Pee Dee Manufacturing Company
  • Safie Manufacturing Company
  • Sonoco Products Company
  • Southern Tissue Mills
  • Uco Fabrics Inc

Roxboro

  • Carolina Power & Light Company
  • Longhurst Cotton Mills
  • Loxdren Company
  • Reinforced Plastic Container
  • Roxboro Cotton Mills

Sanford

  • Borden Brick & Tile Company
  • Carolina Power & Light
  • Cornell Dubilier Company
  • Cornell Dubilier Electric Corp

Shelby

  • Chase High School
  • Fiber Industries, Inc.
  • J and C Dyeing
  • O.E. Ford Company
  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company
  • Ppg Industries
  • Shelby Cotton Mills
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Southern Cotton Oil Company

Skyland

  • Carolina Power & Light
  • Lamplighter Oil Company

Southport

  • Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant

Spencer

  • Buck Steam Plant
  • Duke Power Company
  • North Carolina Finishing
  • Southern Power Company
  • Southern Railway

Spindale

  • Callahan E Koon Inc
  • Elmore Corp
  • Mastercraft Fabrics Llc
  • Spindale Mills, Inc.
  • Spinners Processing Company
  • Stonecutter Mills Corp
  • Washington Mills

Spray

  • Duke Power Plant
  • Fieldcrests Mills Inc.
  • Finishing Plant

Stanley

  • Cowans Ford Plant
  • Duke Power Company
  • Gaston County Dyeing Machine Company
  • J P Stevens Company

Statesville

  • Beaunie Mills Inc
  • Carnation Company
  • Gilbert Engineering Company
  • International Paper Company Container Div
  • North Carolina Furniture Inc
  • Shelby Williams
  • Vance Motor Hotel

Tarboro

  • Anaconda Wire & Cable Company
  • Ericsson Cable Company
  • Tarboro School

Terrell

  • Duke Power Company
  • Marshall Steam Plant

Tryon

  • Carolina Yarn Processors Inc
  • Dixie Yarns
  • Kilburn Mill
  • Southern Mercerizing Company
  • Tryon Processing

Wadesboro

  • Flynt Fabrics Inc
  • Wade Manufacturing Company
  • Wansona Manufacturing Corp

Wagram

  • Bob Evans Plant
  • Potter-Shackelford Construction Company, Inc.
  • Richmond Mill
  • Scotland Mill Patrica Plant
  • Springs Cotton Mills
  • Springs Industries, Inc.
  • Westpoint Stevens Bob Stevens Plant
  • Westpoint Stevens Scotland Plant

Wake Forest

  • Burlington Mills
  • Royal Cotton Mills
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Walnut Cove

  • Belews Creek Steam Station
  • Duke Power Company

Wilson

  • Atlantic Christian College
  • Bridgestone/Firestone
  • Colonial Ice Company
  • Covil Insulation Company
  • Export Leaf Tobacco Company
  • Farmers Cotton Oil Company
  • Firestone Tire and Ruber Company
  • Mftrs Bonded Whse
  • Ralston Purina Company
  • Service Laundry & Dry Cleaners
  • W.M. Wiggins Plumbing & Heating
  • Wilson Ice and Fuel Company

Wrightsville Beach

  • Office of Saline Research
  • Saline Conservation Plant
  • Saline Water Conversion Plant
  • United States Dept of Interior

Mesothelioma Doctors in North Carolina

We have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in North Carolina. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. David H. Harpole, Jr.
Duke Cancer Institute
2424 Erwin Road, Suite 403
Durham, NC 27705

Dr. Edward A. Levine
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in North Carolina

We have also compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in North Carolina. 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.


2424 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710


Medical Center Boulevard
Winston Salem, NC 27157


101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Filing an Asbestos Claim in North Carolina

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

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

Asbestos Related News in North Carolina

Lawn Care Workers in Hazmat Suits Due to Asbestos Concerns

Lawn care workers in Davidson, NC have been wearing hazardous material (hazmat) suits due to asbestos concerns from a former mill nearby. Read more at Mesothelioma.com.

New Investigation Shows Many Brands of Crayons And Toys Contain Asbestos

The Washington D.C.-based Environmental Working Group Action fund commissioned an investigation, which uncovered asbestos in children's toys.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Sources

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. “Who Is At Risk of Exposure to Asbestos?” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/asbestos/risk2.html (accessed 23 August 2010).

Cabrera-Santiago, Manuel et al. “Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Electrical Power Generation Workers in Puerto Rico.” Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2007.

Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in North Carolina.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma (September 2005.)

Geological Research, Analyses and Services Programs. “Naturally Occurring Asbestos Locations in the Contiguous U.S. and Alaska.” Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 25 May 2007.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/noa/usamap.pdf (accessed 23 August 2010).

Krstev, S. et al. “Mortality Among Shipyard Coast Guard Workers: A Retrospective Cohort Study.” Occupational and Environmental Medicine 64 (October 2007): 651-8.

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