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Portsmouth, Ohio

The City of Portsmouth is the county seat of Scioto County, Ohio. Located in southern Ohio at the confluence of the Ohio, Scioto and Little Scioto Rivers, Portsmouth has a population of nearly 21,000. In recent decades, Portsmouth has shifted from manufacturing to a more service-based economy, with Southern Ohio Medical Center and Shawnee State University being among the top employers. Local landmarks include the Columbia Theater, Spartan Stadium, and the Scioto County Courthouse.

Portsmouth was founded in 1803, and incorporated as a city in 1815. The Ohio and Erie Canal, and later the railroads, promoted both industrial and population growth. The discovery of a local deposit of fireclay in 1859 led to the establishment of several firebrick makers, including McConnell, Porter & Company and Scioto Valley Firebrick Company. Around the turn of the century, shoe manufacture became a prominent industry in Portsmouth. Irving Drew, who founded the Drew Shoe Corporation in 1875, joined with George Selby to form the Drew-Selby in 1880. In 1906, George Selby split off to found the Selby Shoe Company, which continued in business until 1957. Drew moved its factory to Lancaster, Ohio, following the Great Flood of 1937, and today manufactures therapeutic footwear. In 1910, the Excelsior Shoe Company was licensed to manufacture a line of official Boy Scout Shoes, which came with a keepsake metal token. Mitchellace was founded in 1902 as the world's largest shoelace manufacturer. The company now operates as Sole Choice, Inc., making a variety of footwear accessories. Manufacturing in Portsmouth has declined steadily since the 1950s, with healthcare and education now forming a significant portion of the economy.

Portsmouth has a diverse history of manufacturing and construction activity during a period when asbestos-containing materials were widely used. Exposure to asbestos may put workers at risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. Mesothelioma doctors in and around Portsmouth are listed at the bottom of this page. If you were exposed to asbestos in Portsmouth, you may benefit from seeking the advice of an asbestos attorney.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Portsmouth

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

  • A T & T Company
  • Anderson Construction
  • Atomic Plant
  • Burgess Steel and Iron Company
  • Detroit Steel Corporation
  • Detroit Steel Mill
  • Empire Detroit Steel
  • Excelsior Shoe Company
  • Garfield School
  • Harbison-Walker
  • Ideal Milk Company
  • Laborers Union
  • Linde Air Products Company
  • Norfolk and Western Railway Company
  • Painters Local
  • Peebles Paving Brick Company
  • Portsmouth Solvay Coke Company
  • Portsmouth St. Railway and Light Company
  • Portsmouth Steel Mill
  • Selby Shoe Company
  • West End Lumber
  • Wheeling Steel Corporation
  • Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation
  • Whitaker Glessner Company
  • Williams Manufacturing Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Portsmouth, Ohio

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

300 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Distance: 84.0 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Portsmouth, Ohio

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

Dr. Nepal C. Chowdhury
St. Mary's Medical Center
St. Mary’s Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons
2828 First Avenue, Suite 200
Huntington, WV 25702

Distance: 39.3 miles

Dr. Rebecca S. Wolfer
Marshall University Medical Center
University Surgical Associates
1600 Medical Center Drive, Suite 2500
Huntington, WV 25701

Distance: 40.1 miles

Dr. David P. Carbone
Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
The James–Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute
300 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Distance: 84.0 miles

Dr. Timothy W. Mullett
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
138 Leader Avenue
Lexington, KY 40506

Distance: 99.8 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Portsmouth, Ohio

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