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For decades, Akron was a manufacturing hub for many of America’s largest corporations and numerous rubber plants, with large industrial rubber plants throughout the city.

The rubber industry and other manufacturing firms employed tens of thousands of Akron residents, bringing prosperity to Akron, Canton, Mansfield, Warren, Youngstown and much of northeast Ohio. But along with steady employment and the growth of large corporations came the concerns of worker health.

Employers in Ohio learned of the toxic hazards and dangers of asbestos as early as the 1950s and still chose to utilize the material because it was cheap, durable and effective in various applications. The result was huge industrial complexes filled with a toxic substance that eventually broke down and filled workplaces with toxic fibers.

Ohio workers in several capacities found themselves in poorly ventilated work areas like boiler rooms and machine rooms with asbestos fibers lingering and easily inhaled and ingested. Workers at particular exposure risk include Maintenance Crews, machinists, mechanics, painters, insulators, pipefitters and boilermakers, electricians and packing crews.

Asbestos exposure is known to lead to severe respiratory conditions, like mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. Thousands of Ohio workers have already been diagnosed and suffered terminal illnesses, and many will continue to suffer as the latency period for asbestos-related diseases can be quite long.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio Asbestos Attorney and Akron Mesothelioma Lawyer reviewing toxic workplace exposure for workers in rubber plants and plaintiffs in Ohio and nationwide.


Asbestos Exposure & Akron Rubber Plants


Medical experts and researchers have spent years studying the effects of working with asbestos and other dangerous chemicals in rubber plants and the tire industry as a whole.

The conclusion in numerous studies is always the same: the hazards of working in the rubber and tire industry is hazardous and workers have been regularly exposed to toxins and risk cancers like mesothelioma and lung cancer.


Akron Asbestos Work Sites


  • SHULMAN COMPANY
  • ADAMSON UNITED COMPANY
  • AIRCRAFT BRAKING SYSTEMS
  • AKRON AND CUYAHOGA FALLS R.I. COMPANY
  • AKRON BREWING COMPANY
  • AKRON CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
  • AKRON CITY HOSPITAL
  • AKRON ELECTRIC COMPANY
  • AKRON GAS COMPANY
  • AKRON GENERAL HEALTH
  • AKRON IRON COMPANY
  • AKRON MILLING MINING AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY
  • AKRON STANDARD
  • AKRON STEEL TREATING
  • AKRON STREET RAILWAY AND ILLUMINATING COMPANY
  • AKRON THERMAL
  • AKRON UNIVERSITY
  • AKRON WATER WORKS COMPANY
  • AKWELL CORPORATION
  • ALKALI RUBBER COMPANY
  • AMERICAN CEREAL COMPANY
  • AMERICAN HARD RUBBER COMPANY
  • AMERICAN RUBBER AND TIRE COMPANY
  • ATLANTIC FOUNDRY
  • B. F. GOODRICH COMPANY
  • BIGGS UNITED COMPANY
  • BROWN GRAVES COMPANY
  • P. HALL CHEMICAL
  • CARRIER CORPORATION
  • CARTER JONES LUMBER CO
  • CASHWAY LUMBER CO
  • CASTLE HOMES
  • CITY HOSPITAL OF AKRON
  • DEFENSE PLANT CORPORATION
  • DIAMOND CRYSTAL SALT COMPANY
  • DIAMOND RUBBER COMPANY
  • SCHUMACHER
  • FIRESTONE TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY
  • GENERAL TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY
  • GEORGE J. RENNER BREWING COMPANY
  • GOODRICH CHEM CO
  • GOODYEAR AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
  • GOODYEAR TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY
  • GORGE POWER HOUSE
  • B. CAMP COMPANY
  • INDUSTRIAL ARTCRAFT
  • INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER COMPANY
  • C. HEINTZ CO.
  • W. GEOPFERT
  • JOHN KNAPP SONS FOUNDRY
  • KELLY SPRINGFIELD TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY
  • KILLIAN MANUFACTURING COMPANY
  • KOVATCH CASTINGS
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN MARITIME SYSTEMS
  • BURKHARDT BREWING COMPANY
  • MAHONING VALLEY SUPPLY, INC.
  • MARATHON TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY
  • MAU SHERWOOD SUPPLY CO
  • McNell Machine & Engineering Company
  • MEGGITT AIRCRAFT BRAKING SYSTEMS
  • MIDWEST RUBBER
  • MILLER RUBBER COMPANY
  • MOHAWK RUBBER COMPANY
  • MUEHLSTEIN COMPANY, INC
  • NATIONAL DRYWALL
  • NATIONAL RUBBER COMPANY
  • NORTHERN OHIO TRACTION AND LIGHT COMPANY
  • NORTHERN OHIO TRACTOR COMPANY
  • NOVEON
  • OHIO EDISON COMPANY, GORGE STATION
  • OHIO GASKET & SHIM
  • PARKER DRYWALL
  • PHILADELPHIA RUBBER WORKS COMPANY
  • PORTAGE MACHINE COMPANY
  • PORTAGE STRAW BOARD COMPANY
  • QUAKER OATS COMPANY
  • C.A. RUBBER COMPANY
  • W. MANUFACTURING COMPANY
  • RENNER BREWING COMPANY
  • RICHARDS FENCE
  • ROBINSON BROTHERS COMPANY
  • ROBINSON CLAY PRODUCTS COMPANY
  • SCHRIBER SHEET METAL
  • SEIBERLING RUBBER COMPANY
  • STAR RUBBER COMPANY
  • THOMAS PHILLIPS COMPANY
  • THOS PHILLIPS COMPANY
  • TOTAL ENERGY PLANT
  • VICKSBURG RAILROAD POWER AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY
  • F. MURDOCK
  • WELLMAN-SEAVER-MORGAN COMPANY
  • WERNER COMPANY
  • WESTERN OHIO RAILWAY COMPANY
  • WHITMAN AND BARNES MANUFACTURING COMPANY
  • WHITMORE ROBINSON AND COMPANY
  • WILLIAM LAY COMPANY
  • WTE CORPORATION

Legal Action: Contact an Akron Mesothelioma Lawyer


Employees of tire and rubber plants, as well as hundreds of other companies who used asbestos in the workplace may have been put at unnecessary risk by their employers.

If former Akron employees have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma Cancer, it may be a result of workplace asbestos exposure. Former workers may have a claim against their Akron employer, and may consider seeking medical and legal assistance from an Ohio Mesothelioma Lawyer.

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Many experience asbestos exposure through the workplace. Workplaces may have been filled with toxic materials, and employers may have failed to warn of the serious health risks of the job. Filing a suit helps to raise the awareness of job safety.

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Questions about Asbestos

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was first utilized in the early 1900s for its insulating abilities, fireproof properties, and versatility. It has been estimated that over 30 million tons of asbestos was used in the American economy in industrial yards, homes, schools, shipyards, and other workplaces.

The natural breakdown of asbestos products and subsequent sawing or cutting of the asbestos creates dust and fibers that are inhaled and can lead to mesothelioma and other severe forms of lung cancer.

Why is Asbestos Toxic?

When asbestos breaks down over time or with use, the fibers of the material can become airborne, presenting a risk of inhaling or ingesting the toxin. Asbestos is a cancer-causing agent, and those heavily exposed can develop scarring in the lungs and later develop lug cancer and mesothelioma.

What Materials Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.

Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.

Why Did Companies Use Asbestos?

Asbestos was cheap, durable, fire-resistant and light, and was though to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous tot he health.

Is it hard to win an asbestos case?

The success rates of settlements regarding asbestos exposure injury are quite high. It may be necessary to prove that occupational exposure is the primary cause of lung cancer or mesothelioma, though this is the job of The Lyon Firm, and we have experience in reaching large mesothelioma settlements.

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Why Hire the Lyon Firm

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

 Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Asbestos lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence cases.  The cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world 

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Asbestos can be found in homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military circumstances. According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOHS), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Approximately 107,000 workers are affected by asbestos each year. 

Mesothelioma is a serious illness that has been linked to asbestos exposure in medical literature. It is estimated that there will be 250,000 new cases before 2020 due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.

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