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The City of Rockford is the county seat of Winnebago County, Illinois. Situated astride the Rock River, Rockford has a population of about 152,800 residents, making it the third most populous city in the state. Rockford was first settled about 1834 under the name of Midway and was incorporated as Rockford in 1839, becoming a city in 1852. Education and healthcare form a large portion of the city’s economy, while Chrysler and Hamilton Sundstrand are among Rockford’s top manufacturers, employing nearly 5,000 workers between them.

Rockford developed rapidly in the early 1850s with the establishment of the railroads and the Rockford Water Power Company. Power supplies and transportation attracted industry, and by the end of the 19th century, Rockford was producing a wide range of goods, including furniture, sewing machines, clocks, pianos, pottery and silver-plated goods. The 20th century brought a shift in industries, particularly after World War I, as demand and innovation in heavy machinery, automobiles, aerospace and electronic controls increased.

The Sundstrand Machine Tool Company was created in 1926 from the merger of Rockford Tool Company (est. 1905) and Rockford Milling Machine Company (est. 1909) and produced airplane parts. Today, as Hamilton Sundstrand, the company produces a wide range of products used in the aviation and aerospace industries. On a smaller scale, Rockford is also known for its toy industry, represented by companies such as model kit makers Testor Inc. (est. 1929) and toy truck makers Nylint (1937-2001).

Rockford’s history of heavy industry and manufacturing puts it in a high risk category for asbestos exposure. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for asbestos cancer. We provide information about mesothelioma treatment options in and around Rockford at the bottom of this page. Asbestos attorneys may also be able to assist you if you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos in Rockford.

01. Exposure Sites

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Rockford

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

  • American Chicle Company
  • Amerock Corporation
  • Ap Green Company of Wisc
  • Ap Green F B Company of Wisc
  • Ap Green Refr Company of Wisconsin
  • Ap Green Refractories Company
  • Atwood Automotive Industries
  • Barber Colman
  • Barber Colman Company
  • Behr Joseph & Sons Inc
  • Burson Knitting Company
  • Central Illinois Electric & Gas Company
  • Central Public Service Company
  • City of Rockford Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Dean Milk Company Rockford Consolidated Dairies
  • Downing Box Company Div Longview Fiber
  • Eclipse Fuel Engr Company
  • Eclipse Gas Stove Company
  • Eklund Metal Treating
  • Emerson Brantingham Company
  • Emerson Manufacturing Company
  • Emerson Talcott and Company
  • Excel Manufacturing Company
  • Forgings & Stampings
  • General Cement
  • Globe Imperial
  • Glucose Sugar Refining Company
  • Gonits Foundry Company
  • Greenlee Brothers and Company
  • Gunite Foundries Corporation
  • Gunites
  • Henrietta School
  • Hydro-Blast Corporation
  • Ipsen Industries
  • Irl Martin Residence
  • J.I. Case Company
  • Jefferson H.S.
  • Jefferson Jr. H.S.
  • Johnson-Beatrice Apartments
  • Joseph Bohr & Sons Inc
  • Kelsey Hayes Company
  • Lafayette Hotel
  • Longview Fibre Company
  • Mattison Machine
  • Mcdermaid Roofing & Insul.
  • Mechanics Universal Joint
  • Modern Laundry and Dry Cleaning Company
  • National Lock Company
  • North American Ins. Company
  • North End F Company
  • Northtown National Bank
  • O & F Supply Company
  • Progressive Steel Treating
  • Quaker Oats Company
  • River Center
  • Rock Street Plant
  • Rockford Brass Works
  • Rockford Cabinet Company
  • Rockford Chemical Company
  • Rockford Clutch
  • Rockford College
  • Rockford Drop Forge Company
  • Rockford Electric Company
  • Rockford Gas Light and Coke Company
  • Rockford Grape Sugar Company
  • Rockford Heat Treaters
  • Rockford Machine
  • Rockford Mall Iron Works
  • Rockford Memorial Hospital
  • Rockford Paint Company
  • Rockford Paper Box Board Company
  • Rockford Sanitary District
  • Rockford Screw
  • Rockford Sugar Works
  • Rockford Water Works
  • S.B.Wilkins and Company
  • Scandroli-Arnold Apartments
  • Schmauss Company
  • Schumann Piano Company
  • Skandia
  • St. Patrick’s Church
  • Stevens and Denel Manufacturing Company
  • Store Building
  • Sundstrand Aviation
  • Sunstrand Corp Sunstrand
  • Swedish‐American Hospital
  • Textron Inc Business Center
  • Third Presbyterian Church
  • W. A. Whitney Manufacturing
  • Warner Lambert Company
  • Whippler Brothers
  • Williamsville South High School
  • Wood & Brooks
02. Doctors

Mesothelioma Doctors near Rockford, Illinois

We have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors and oncologists that practice within a 100-mile radius of Rockford, Illinois. Click on a specific doctor link to obtain more information about their areas of expertise, background, professional affiliations, office locations and contact information.

Dr. H. Ian Robins
University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
Medical Oncology Clinic
Madison, WI 53792

Dr. Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL 60153

Dr. David Johnstone
Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin
Heart and Vascular Center
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Dr. Michael J. Liptay
Rush University Cancer Center
Chicago, IL 60612

Dr. Philip D. Bonomi
Rush University Cancer Center
Chicago, IL 60612

Dr. Muaiad Kittaneh
Loyola University Medical Center
Loyola Medicine at Palos Health South Campus
Orland Park, IL 60462

Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler
The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) – Hyde Park
Chicago, IL 60637

Dr. Samuel Armato III
The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chicago, IL 60637

03. Cancer Centers

Locate a Cancer Center near Rockford, Illinois

Browse through the list of mesothelioma cancer centers below that are within a 100-mile radius of Rockford, Illinois. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered and how to contact the cancer center.

McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
Tower II, 6th and 7th Floors
Madison, WI 53705

Edward Cancer Center – Naperville
Edward-Elmhurst Health
Suite 111
Naperville, IL 60540

Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Chicago
Comprehensive Cancer Care Network
Zion, IL 60099

Rush University Cancer Center
Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60612

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Galter Pavilion
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

04. Support Services

Cancer Support Services Near Rockford, Illinois

Cancer support services for mesothelioma patients include patient transport, temporary housing, physical therapy and counseling. The following local services may be of help to you while you are receiving treatment for mesothelioma.

Illinois Treatment Support Services
Counseling & Support Groups
  • Living Well 
    (Geneva)
    630-262-1111
  • UW Health/Carbone Cancer Center 
    (Madison)
    608-262-5223
  • Cancer Wellness Center – Northbrook 
    (Northbrook)
    847-509-9595
  • Wellness House 
    (Hinsdale)
    630-323-5150
  • Aurora Health Care
    (Milwaukee)
    888-863-5502
  • Gilda’s Club Chicago 
    (Chicago)
    312-464-9900
  • Cancer Support Center 
    (Mokena)
    708-478-3529
  • Cancer Resource Centre 
    (Munster)
    219-836-3349
Long-Term Housing
  • Pay-It-Forward House NFP 
    (Sycamore)
    815-762-4882
  • Home Networks LLC 
    (Madison)
    800-516-7356
  • IMD Guest House 
    (Chicago)
    312-996-1167
  • Home Networks LLC 
    (Milwaukee)
    800-516-7356
Patient Transport
  • MTM 
    (Madison)
    866-907-1493
  • A and I Medical Transportation, Inc. 
    (Justice)
    708-237-3007
  • Choice Care Transport 
    (Milwaukee)
    414-393-1944
  • SCR Medical Transportation 
    (Chicago)
    773-967-6400
  • 5 Star Elite Medical Transportation Service
    (Gary)
    219-577-2067
Physical Therapy
  • InnerStrength Rehabilitation Services for Cancer Patients, Inc.
    (St. Charles)
    630-584-3021
  • Capitol Physical Therapy 
    (Madison)
    608-848-6628
  • CTCA Chicago
    (Zion)
    800-268-0786
  • Pro Health Care 
    (Waukesha)
    262-696-0765
  • PT Plus 
    (Milwaukee)
    414-292-3275
  • Presence Health 
    (Chicago)
    877-737-4636
  • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 
    (Chicago)
    312-238-1000
05. Filing a Lawsuit

Filing a Mesothelioma Claim in Rockford, Illinois

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos at a commercial, residential or military site in Rockford, Illinois, you may be entitled to compensation. Don’t lose your right to file a claim. You must act quickly and file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations for the state of Illinois.

06. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Lawyers Servicing Rockford, Illinois

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hardworking men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.

At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including but not limited to state of residence, jobsites, and previous and current employers.

As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.

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Written by

Linda Molinari Editor in Chief

Linda Molinari has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and advocate for mesothelioma patients and a ban on asbestos.


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Jennifer Lucarelli Legal Advisor and Contributor

Jennifer Lucarelli is a partner at the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, specializing in asbestos litigation.


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The City of Rockford is the county seat of Winnebago County, Illinois. Situated astride the Rock River, Rockford has a population of about 152,800 residents, making it the third most populous city in the state. Rockford was first settled about 1834 under the name of Midway and was incorporated as Rockford in 1839, becoming a city in 1852. Education and healthcare form a large portion of the city’s economy, while Chrysler and Hamilton Sundstrand are among Rockford’s top manufacturers, employing nearly 5,000 workers between them.

Rockford developed rapidly in the early 1850s with the establishment of the railroads and the Rockford Water Power Company. Power supplies and transportation attracted industry, and by the end of the 19th century, Rockford was producing a wide range of goods, including furniture, sewing machines, clocks, pianos, pottery and silver-plated goods. The 20th century brought a shift in industries, particularly after World War I, as demand and innovation in heavy machinery, automobiles, aerospace and electronic controls increased.

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