Ohio is known as the Buckeye State. The nickname is derived from the Ohio buckeye tree. Ohio links the Northeast to the Midwest. Its northern border is defined by Lake Erie. Ohio has a huge highway network and is within a one-day drive of 50% of North America’s population and 70% of North America’s manufacturing capacity.

As such, Ohio is the headquarters for many manufacturing and industrial entities. Asbestos products were valued for their insulating and fire-retardant properties. Asbestos was employed as the core ingredient for these purposes in numerous industrial and construction projects throughout Ohio.

Ohio’s abundant power plants, steel plants, and oil refineries used great amounts of asbestos materials. Asbestos products were used as insulation for boilers, steam pipes, furnaces, and hot water pipes. Workers at the large energy and manufacturing plants, as well as tradesmen in Ohio’s construction industry, have experienced disproportionate rates of asbestos-related diseases. In the construction sector, brick and stone masons, drywall tapers, painters, and plumbers are particularly susceptible to mesothelioma.

Workers in Ohio’s marine industries and shipyards have also experienced high rates of asbestos disease. Lorain County, home of the American Ship Building Company, once owned by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, has the 14th highest mesothelioma mortality rate of any county in the United States. Tragically, Jefferson County, in the eastern part of the state near Pittsburgh, tops Lorain County. The Centers for Disease Control concludes that Jefferson County is the #3 county in the nation with respect to mesothelioma mortality rates.


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

  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Brick and Stone Masons
  • Carpenters
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Construction Workers
  • Crane and Hoist Men
  • Drill Press Operators
  • Drywall Tapers
  • Electric Power Linemen & Cable Men
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Firefighters
  • Foundry Workers
  • Freight and Material Handlers
  • Furnace Men, Smelter-Men & Pourers
  • Garage Workers
  • Grinding Machine Operators
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • HVAC Workers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Locomotive Engineers
  • Longshoremen and Stevedores
  • Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Merchant Marines
  • Metal Lathers
  • Millwrights & Mill Workers
  • Mixing Operators
  • Molders
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Roofers and Slaters
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Textile Operators
  • Tile Setters
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the Ohio job sites where there is a documented 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 one of our mesothelioma attorneys for more information. The sites include:


  • American Ship Building

Power Plant

  • Cardinal Power Plant
  • Conesville Power Plant
  • David Besse Nuclear Power Plant
  • Gallopolis Station
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Miskingum River Power Plant
  • Perry Nuclear Power Plant
  • Redding Station
  • Sammis Power Plant
  • Wabash River Power Plant
  • Walter D. Beckjord Generating Station
  • W.H. Sammis Power Plant

Metal Works

  • Aetna Iron and Steel
  • A.K. Steel
  • Aluminum Company of America
  • Armco Steel Corp.
  • American Sheet Steel
  • Bellaire Steel
  • Carnegie Steel
  • Cold Metal Products
  • Dayton Portsmouth Foundry Co.
  • Empire Reeves Steel Div.
  • Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp.
  • LTV Steel
  • Marion Steel
  • McDonald Steel
  • National Steel
  • Republic Steel
  • Sharon Steel
  • Youngstown Iron and Steel

Oil and Refineries

  • Ashland
  • BP Amoco
  • Clark Refining
  • Gulf
  • Marathon
  • Shell
  • Sunoco

Manufacturing Plants

  • American Crucible Products
  • Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton
  • B.F. Goodrich Chemical Co.
  • Cabot Titania
  • Central Foundry
  • Cincinnati Milling
  • Diamond Alkali
  • Dow Chemical
  • E.I. Dupont De Nemours
  • Firestone
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Frigidaire
  • General Motors
  • Glasscote Products
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Goodyear Atomic Corp.
  • Goodyear Arsenal Inc.
  • Goodyear Aerospace
  • Harshaw Chemical Co.
  • Kaiser Jeep
  • Marathon Tire
  • Martinson & Nicholls
  • Owens-Illinois
  • Trailmobile
  • Whirlpool

Other sites

  • Abex Corp
  • A.M. Leonard @ Sons,  Inc.
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Cabot Titania Corp.
  • Cincinatti-Millacron, Inc.
  • Cooper-Bessemer Co.
  • Dept. of Highways
  • Diamond Red Trucks Div.
  • Diamond Shamrock Co.
  • Daybrook-Ottawa Corp.
  • E.I. Dupont De Nemours Inc.
  • Haveg Industrial Inc.
  • Industrial Railway Supply Inc.
  • Monsanto Research Corp.
  • Ormet Corp.
  • Otis Elevator Co.
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Ravenna Arsenal
  • Sherwin Williams Co.
  • The Cincinnati Milling Mach.


Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive, and deadly cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of the body’s internal organs. It most often affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs. Sadly, Jefferson County and Lorain County residents experience higher risks of mesothelioma than virtually any other county in the United States. Jefferson County and Lorain County rank #3 and #14, respectively, in malignant mesothelioma mortality rates. The Centers for Disease Control ranks Ohio #7 in the nation in mesothelioma deaths.

Mesothelioma has a lengthy latency period. This means that a person develops mesothelioma long after the initial exposure to asbestos. This period ranges from 10 to 50 years after contact with the asbestos product. As a result, the number of mesothelioma deaths in Ohio will continue.


If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in Ohio, it is critical that you immediately contact a skilled mesothelioma lawyer. This is because there are statutes of limitation, which afford victims only a limited time period to file a lawsuit.

Our firm has succeeded in securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements since the 1970’s. You should contact one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation. We can help you investigate the sources of your asbestos exposure and ascertain the responsible companies.