Workers exposed to asbestos
The company started in 1928 as a producer of railroad car brakes and wheels. They went on to produce parts for ships, airplanes and eventually cars. Abex was acquired in 1968 by a railroad company named Illinois Central Industries Inc. and later it was merged with Pneumo Corporation forming the Pneumo Abex Corporation. This led to the company shutting down its facility. Manufacturing mostly friction products, Abex used the mineral known as asbestos in order to prevent the possible dangers steamed from loose sparks. This went on until 1978 when Abex put a stop to its operations.