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The city of Tacoma is the county seat of Pierce County, Washington. Located on Puget Sound, Tacoma is a port city with a population of just under 198,400. Incorporated in 1875, Tacoma was planned as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad and rail and sea transport have been integral to the city’s economy ever since. Longstanding employers include Simpson Tacoma Kraft Company, Roman Meal Bread Company, and Tacoma General Hospital. Tacoma is also home to several colleges and universities, including the University of Puget Sound and Bates Technical College.

Tacoma Overview

Tacoma was first settled briefly in 1852 around a small sawmill, but the settlement was abandoned a few years later. It was not until the Northern Pacific Railroad terminus construction that a true city began to take root where sawmills, flour mills, breweries and other businesses flourished. In 1900, the Columbia Brewing Company began operations, and was soon producing 50 barrels a day. In 1916, to survive local prohibition laws, the company changed its name to Columbia Bottling Company and began making soft drinks. Beer brewing resumed in 1933, now under the name of Columbia Breweries, Inc. A final name change occurred in 1953, and the company continued as Heidelberg Brewing Company until its demise in 1979. Lumber and paper giant The Weyerhaeuser Company was also founded in 1900 and was headquartered in Tacoma until 1970. Weyerhaeuser maintains a wood products distribution center in the city. The Hooker Electrochemical Company began producing chlorine and caustic soda in Tacoma in 1929. The company was acquired by Pioneer Companies in 1997, and the plant was idled in 2002. Olin Chlor Alkali Products currently operates a bleach plant that was built in 1947. Although Tacoma has experienced some industrial decline, it has developed its arts and cultural tourism offerings to balance manufacturing losses.

Tacoma has a lengthy and diverse history of manufacturing and construction, putting it in a high risk category for asbestos exposure. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma. For your convenience, we have listed mesothelioma doctors located in or near Tacoma at the bottom of this page. Also, asbestos attorneys may be able to assist you if you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos in Tacoma.

Other Asbestos Sites in Tacoma, Washington

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

  • Ace Furnace & Steel Company
  • American Smelting & Refining
  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
  • ASARCO Smelter
  • Atlas Foundry & Machine Company
  • Avamere Hlthcre-Highlands Ctr
  • Berg Apartments
  • Blair Waterway Terminal
  • Boise Cascade Corp
  • Broadmoor Apartments
  • Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul & Pacific Railroad
  • City of Tacoma Public Building
  • Columbia Breweries Inc
  • Container Corp of America
  • E J Bartells Company
  • E. T. Dupont Powder Company
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
  • Fort Lewis Base
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Heidelberg Brewing Company
  • Hooker Chemical
  • Hooker Electrochemical Company
  • Independent Insulating Inc
  • Jackson Hall Medical Center
  • Jones Block
  • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp
  • Kentucky Building
  • Key Services
  • Klug & Smith Company
  • Kraft Pulp Div St. Regis Paper Company
  • Laraby Water Terminal
  • Lipsee Company
  • Martinac Shipbuilding Corp
  • Mobil Oil
  • Mt Rainier Depot
  • Multi Care Health System
  • National Realty Company
  • Northern Pacific Railroad Company
  • Northwest Chair Company
  • Northwestern Improvement Company
  • Olympia Brewery
  • Pacific Lime
  • Pacific Northwest Bell
  • Penn Salt Company of Washington
  • Pennsalt Chemicals Corporation
  • Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Company
  • Pennwalt Chemical
  • Perkins Building
  • Perter Sandberg
  • Philadelphia Quartz Company
  • Pierce County Courthouse
  • Pierce County Hospital
  • Pioneer Chlor Alkali Company
  • Ranier Mechanical Constractors
  • Reichold Chemical
  • Saint Charles Borromeo
  • Saint P. & Tacoma Lumber
  • Saint Regis Paper Company
  • Seaborne Ship Yards
  • Sea-Tac Shipyards
  • Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Company
  • Simpson Tacoma Kraft Company
  • Snogualmie Falls Power Company
  • Sound Oil Company
  • Sound Refining
  • Sound Refining Inc
  • St Regis Paper Company
  • St. Josephs Hospital
  • St. Paul and Tacoma Lumber Company
  • St. Regis Kraft Company
  • St. Regis Paper Company
  • Stewart Middle School
  • Subaru-Tacoma
  • Superior Service Laundries
  • Tacoma Asbestos
  • Tacoma Boatbuilding Company
  • Tacoma Community College
  • Tacoma Electro Chemical Company
  • Tacoma Gas and Fuel Company
  • Tacoma General Hospital
  • Tacoma Indian Hospital
  • Tacoma Labor Center
  • Tacoma Paperboard
  • Tacoma Railway and Power Company
  • Tacoma Shipyard
  • Tacoma Smelting Company
  • Tide Bay Steel Company
  • Todd Shipyards Corp – Tacoma
  • Union Lumber Company
  • United States Gypsum Company
  • Ups Library
  • Urban Plumbing and Heating
  • US Air Force, McChord AFB
  • US Oil and Refining
  • West Tacoma Newsprint
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
  • Weyerhaeuser Timber Company
  • Wheeler Osgood Company
  • William Gardner and Company

Tacoma, Washington Mesothelioma Doctors

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

Dr. Eric Vallieres
Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Thoracic Surgery – First Hill
Seattle, WA 98104

Dr. Howard (Jack) West
Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Medical Oncology – First Hill
Seattle, WA 98104

Dr. Alexander Farivar
Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Thoracic Surgery – First Hill
Seattle, WA 98122

Dr. Michael S. Mulligan
University of Washington Medical Center
Thoracic Surgery Clinic
Seattle, WA 98195

Locate a Cancer Center near Tacoma, Washington

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

Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Arnold Pavilion
Seattle, WA 98104

University of Washington Medical Center
Thoracic Surgery Clinic
3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195

Locate Cancer Support Services Near Tacoma

While receiving treatment, mesothelioma patients may find a need for temporary lodging, patient transport, physical therapy or counseling. We have compiled a list of these cancer support services near Tacoma, Washington for your convenience.

Washington Treatment Support Services
Counseling & Support Groups
  • Harmony Hill Healing Retreat 
    (Union)
    360-898-2363
  • Cancer Lifeline 
    (Seattle)
    206-297-2100
Long-Term Housing
  • SCCA House 
    (Seattle)
    206-204-3700
  • The Collegiana 
    (Seattle)
    206-732-3200
Patient Transport
  • Catholic Community Services 
    (Seattle)
    206-328-5696
  • Mercy Transportation 
    (Everett)
    425-347-4700
Physical Therapy
  • RET Physical Therapy 
    (multiple locations)
    360-658-8400

Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit in Tacoma

Don’t lose your right to file a mesothelioma claim. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Tacoma, Washington, you may be entitled to compensation. You must file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations for the state of Washington.

Tacoma, Washington Asbestos Law Firms

Dean, Omar & Branham, LLP is a law firm dedicated to using the legal profession to make our community safer. When someone is badly hurt because someone else did not act reasonably, we are here to help provide whatever justice the legal system can give the family who has been wronged.

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 Gori Julian and Associates, P.C., 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.

Find Mesothelioma Doctors, Lawyers and Asbestos Exposure Sites Near You

Find Mesothelioma Doctors, Lawyers and Asbestos Exposure Sites Near You

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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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