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Rapid City, South Dakota

Known as the "Gateway to the Black Hills" and the "Star of the West", Rapid City is situated on the eastern slope of the Black Hills in western South Dakota. It is the county seat of Pennington County and the second-largest city in South Dakota home to nearly 70,000 residents. Named after Rapid Creek on which the city is established, Rapid City is South Dakota's primary city for tourism and recreation offering a variety of shopping, dining, and attractions such as Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Badlands National Park.

By 1900, Rapid City was a popular tourist destination and an important regional trade center for the upper Midwest. For much of the 20th century, Rapid City benefited from the Rapid City Army Air Base, later called Ellsworth Air Force Base, an Army Air Corps training base. Today, Rapid City's economy is diverse, but has only a moderate amount of heavy and medium industry. Of particular note, Rapid City is the center for the manufacture of Black Hills Gold, a popular product with tourists and Westerners alike. It is also the location of the only manufacturer of stamping machines used for the labeling of plywood and chipboard products. The largest sector of the Rapid City economy is government services, including local, state, and federal. Major employers in this sector include Ellsworth Air Force Base. Tourism remains a significant portion of Rapid City’s economy. Other economic sectors include financial services and investing companies.

We have confirmed that Rapid City, South Dakota has a number of jobsites where asbestos exposure occurred. Workers and others who have been exposed to asbestos may be at risk for developing malignant mesothelioma, a potentially terminal form of asbestos cancer. Mesothelioma lawyers may be able to give guidance if you were exposed to asbestos in Rapid City and then diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Rapid City

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

  • A. H. Bennett Company
  • Amdak Corporation
  • Black Hills Generation
  • Black Hills Power and Light Company
  • Consolidation Coal Company
  • Ellsworth Air Force Base
  • Fraser and Chahners
  • General Public Utilities
  • Halde and Fleer, Inc.
  • Healy Plumbing & Heating Company
  • Rapid City Air Force Base
  • Rapid City Lime Company
  • Red Ball Whse
  • So Oak Cement Plant
  • South Dakota Cement Plant
  • State School of Mines
  • V.C. Pengra Construction Company

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Rapid City, South Dakota

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