Workers Exposed to Asbestos
Established in 1886 as the American branch of I.G. Dyes, a German chemical conglomerate, American I.G. got its name change in 1939 to General Aniline and Film Corporation after acquiring General Aniline Works and merging with Agfa-Ansco Corporation. In 1965, GAF purchased Ruberoid Corporation, a manufacturer of roofing products. With this purchase, GAF also became the owner of an asbestos mine found in Virginia. This made the GAF Corporation become the leading supplier of asbestos materials in the state. The asbestos contained in their products affected the workers found in the roofing and siding industries.