Mississippi is the thirty-second largest state geographically and is ranked thirty-first in terms of population. Due to its geographical proximity, Mississippi is host to various industries that resulted in asbestos exposure to workers. The principal sources of asbestos exposure in Mississippi are found in the shipyards, construction industry, and paper mills.

Due to its coastline, Mississippi has various shipyards and ship repair facilities in cities such as Pascagoula. Until the 1980s, commercial and Navy vessels contained literal tons of asbestos materials, including insulation, fireproofing, gaskets and packing. As a result, shipyard workers and ships’ crews were heavily exposed to asbestos during shipbuilding and repair.

Asbestos was also used as a raw material in various products manufactured and used in Mississippi. For example, automotive parts such as brakes, clutches, and gaskets were often made of asbestos. Raw asbestos fiber was also used as a paper strengthening ingredient in the 1960s and 70s.


Below is a list of occupations that put Mississippi 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:

  • Boilermakers
  • Brick and stone masons
  • Carpenters
  • Construction workers
  • Drywall tapers
  • Electric power linemen and cable men
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Furnace men, smelter-men and pourers
  • Grinding machine operators
  • Heavy equipment mechanics
  • Industrial plant workers
  • Insulators
  • Laborers
  • Longshoremen and stevedores
  • Machine operators
  • Millwrights and mill workers
  • Oil refiners
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Roofers and slaters
  • Sheetmetal workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Steamfitters
  • U.S. Navy veterans
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the Mississippi job sites where there is a potential use of asbestos products. If you or a family member worked at 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 Mississippi where asbestos was used.


  • Ingalls Shipyard
  • Pascagoula Naval Station


  • Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation
  • National Steel and Shipbuilding
  • Northrup Grumman

Paper Mills

  • Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper
  • International Paper Company
  • Port Hudson Paper Mill
  • St. Regis Paper Company


  • Magnolia Welding Supply Company
  • U.S. Gypsum
  • Flintkote
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Magnolia Welding & Supply Co.
  • Masonite Corporation

Oil Refineries

  • Chevron Oil
  • Standard Oil Refinery
  • Sun Oil Company Plant
  • Tennessee Gas Transmission

Power Plants

  • Betchtel Power
  • Henderson Power Plan
  • Mississippi Power & Light Company
  • New Power Plant
  • Potasium Nitrate Plant

Other Industries

  • Coastal Chemical
  • Corning Glass
  • Hercules Chemical Company
  • Hess Oil and Chemical
  • First Checmical Corporation
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • Mid-South Insulation Company
  • Mississippi Chemical Corporation


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 after the initial exposure to asbestos – usually between 10 and 50 years later. Due to this latency period, the number of Mississippi mesothelioma deaths continues to rise.

According to the federal government, 100 Mississippi residents died of mesothelioma between 1999-1004. In comparison to other states, Mississippi ranks 34th in the number of mesothelioma deaths.


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

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.