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Republic Powdered Metals

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

Now renamed RPM International, Republic Powdered Metals was founded in 1947 as a maker of, primarily, roof coating. It quickly expanded to become one of the leading paint, coatings, sealants and building materials companies in the country. In 1966 it acquired Reardon Company and integrated its products, many of which used asbestos. RPM filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

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High Risk of Lung Disease for Former Republic Powdered Metals Workers

Still operating at the moment, Republic Powdered Metals is a company specializing in the production of industrial paints and coatings. They had employed asbestos for the second half of the last century, as the mineral would increase the quality and lifespan of their products. In addition to workers per se, the following occupational groups are now at risk for developing a disease as a result of asbestos exposure: roofers, masons, painters. Some of the most popular brand names under which Republic Powdered Metals commercialized their building materials were Guardian, Chemspec, Kop-Coat, Mohawk, Valvtect, as well as Day-Glo. As of 2010, the company was hit with over 20,000 lawsuits, which prompted it to seek bankruptcy protection. Shortly after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Republic Powdered Metals established a trust fund, which now provides asbestos victims with compensation.

Did you work at Republic Powdered Metals while they were using asbestos and are currently suffering from a terrible disease? If so, we encourage you to file a claim against the company, a simple process which requires no litigation. With the assistance of a lawyer specialized in asbestos exposure cases, you will recover just compensation for your injury, which could allow you to benefit form higher-quality treatment. Because the company has a trust fund, the process will be completed in a significantly shorter time than if you were to sue – in general, within six months. Since 1990, we have been providing superior legal assistance to victims of occupational asbestos exposure all over the U.S. and will be glad to lend you a helping hand. For more information, please give us a call and we will thoroughly answer any questions you might have.

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Secondary Asbestos Exposure, a Major Risk for the Families of Republic Powdered Metals Workers


Because company executives had been striving to hide the disastrous health consequences of asbestos exposure for nearly five decades, neither workers nor the general population was aware of the diseases the inhalation and ingestion of asbestos fibers could cause. Even though asbestos workers were the most susceptible to developing a potentially fatal disease, since they were regularly in contact with the toxic mineral, the health of their family members was also at risk. On the job, Republic Powdered Metals employees were not required to wear protective equipment such as coveralls and respirators. Furthermore, they did not have to change their asbestos-laden clothes at the end of their shift either, which would prompt the spread of asbestos fibers outside of industrial facilities. Thus, when they returned home from work, employees would unavoidably bring asbestos in their house, unknowingly exposing family members.

Unfortunately, secondary asbestos exposure entails the same health effects as direct exposure, although it causes victims less often than the latter. If you inhabited the same house as a Republic Powdered Metals worker during the last century and now suffer from lung cancer, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, or any other disease associated with asbestos exposure, please contact our lawyers. They have significant experience in asbestos exposure cases and have so far recovered over $1.4 billion for asbestos victims. The process involves no litigation and the only documents you have to bring are your employment and medical records. Afterwards, our attorneys and their skilful legal team will promptly take over your case and eventually recover the financial compensation you deserve. Whether you struggle with a non-malignant disease or with cancer, taking legal action will certainly be worth it.