Actor Steve McQueen from Beech Grove, Indiana, is remembered by movie fans for his role in such classic films as the Sand Pebbles, Papillion, and the Great Escape, but his greatest role to society is in raising public awareness of mesothelioma. In 1980, Steve McQueen died from malignant mesothelioma. Although his asbestos exposure is largely unknown, Mr. McQueen served in the U.S. Marine Corps where asbestos was used on military ships and transports. He also was a professional race car driver who would have come into contact with asbestos fire-proof suits and friction products in brakes and clutches.

Heavy industry has been a big part of Indiana’s economy. Asbestos was used in steel foundries, automobile parts manufacturing plants, insulation plants, chemical companies, and power plants.

Tragically, many Indiana workers also brought asbestos home on their clothes without realizing it. These workers and their families are at a heightened risk of mesothelioma.


Below is a list of occupations that put Indiana workers at a known risk of asbestos exposure. If you worked in one of these occupations in the 1980s or earlier, there is a good chance that you were exposed to asbestos:

  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Electricians
  • Foundry Workers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Welders


The following is a list of the Indiana job sites where there is a documented use of asbestos products. If you or a family member worked in one of these places, you may be at a heightened risk of asbestos disease.

If you believe that you may have been exposed to asbestos at your own job, please contact a mesothelioma attorney for more information. There are many other job sites in Indiana where asbestos was used.

Power Plants

  • Indiana & Michigan Electric Co.
  • Indiana Kentucky Electric
  • Cayuga Generating Station
  • American Gas & Electric
  • Alcoa Power Plant
  • Gallagher Station
  • Tanner’s Creek Generating Station
  • Wabash River Power Plant
  • Indianapolis Power & Light

Steel and Metal Industry

  • Aluminum Co. Of America
  • American Smelting & Refining Co.
  • Alcoa Aluminum
  • Bethlehem Steel
  • Inland Steel
  • Midwest Steel
  • TRW Noblesville casting Div.
  • United States Steel Corp.
  • USS Lead Refining Inc.

Automobile and Automobile Parts

  • B.F. Goodrich Tire Co.
  • General Motors
  • Chrysler Corp.
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Dana Corp.
  • Delco Remy Div.-GMC
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Truck & Mine Supply

Other Industry

  • American Hoist & Derrick
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • RCA
  • Standard Oil
  • Eli Lilly
  • International Harvester
  • New York Central Railroad
  • Blaw-Knox Co.
  • General American Transportation Corp.
  • General Electric Co.
  • Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.
  • Universal Atlas Cement Div.
  • Noblesville Casting Co.
  • Penn Central Co.
  • Penn NY-Central Transportation Co
  • Union Carbide Corp.
  • Zechiel Farm


The high levels of asbestos used in Indiana industries have take their toll on the health of Indiana workers, who have been stricken with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdomen, which is caused by asbestos exposure.

Like other asbestos diseases, mesothelioma has a long latency period. This means that a person usually develops mesothelioma long after the initial exposure to asbestos – usually between 10 to 50 years later. Due to this latency period, the number of Indiana mesothelioma deaths continues to rise even though asbestos is seldom used in Indiana today.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 402 mesothelioma deaths in the state of Indiana between the years 1999 to 2005.


If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in Indiana, it is important that you contact a skilled attorney with experience in asbestos litigation. In addition, time is of the essence, because you have limited amount of time to file suit.

We urge you to contact one of our mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation. We can help you investigate the sources of your exposure, and determine what companies were responsible.