Workers Exposed to Asbestos
American Smelting and Refining Company was founded in 1899 following the merger of several mines from Colorado and Mexico. The company continued to grow during the next century, purchasing other mines from South America and from other south regions of the country. In 1975, the company changed its name to ASARCO. By acquiring several subsidiaries, ASARCO became a manufacturer and distributor of asbestos containing products. A second subsidiary even supplied raw asbestos from Canada.