Workers Exposed to Asbestos
The company started in 1942 but became what we know today as Eagle-Picher in 1916 when the merger between Eagle White Lead Works and Picher Lead Company took place. It was initially a corporation that manufactured products based on zinc. In time, Eagle-Picher acquired different companies that were using other minerals in their products. One of these minerals was asbestos, known at that time for its fireproofing characteristics. Until the mid-1970’s, this poisonous mineral was used in manufacturing some of their products.