Kentile Floors, Inc. (Metex)
Workers Exposed to Asbestos
Arthur Kennedy founded this company in 1898 in New York with the purpose of producing and distributing floor tiles made out of rubber, vinyl and cork. By the 1950’s, Kentile Floors became one of the biggest manufacturers of floor tiles in America along with national distribution of its products. The company’s operations continued until the 1990’s, when Kentile went out of business. Unfortunately, Kentile’s flooring products contained large amounts of asbestos, sometimes up to 25%. This was done in order to increase the company’s products resistance to fire. By doing this, Kentile Floors ignored the health hazards asbestos exposure entailed.