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McLouth Steel Detroit Plant

Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan

McLouth Steel Detroit Plant

Detroit Complex

The McLouth Steel Detroit Complex is a source of asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of Mesothelioma. McLouth Steel Detroit Plant was built by Donald B. McLouth as a small conversion mill on Livernois Avenue in Detroit, MI. The plant was revamped to produce only stainless steel in its later years and was bought by Jones and Laughlin Steel Company in 1981.

The Detroit mill initially consisted of a small reversing hot rolling strip mill with a slab heating furnace. The original hot strip mill was known as the “Coffee Grinder” from the sounds the mill would make. In 1938, the company brought online a single 4-high reversing cold reducing mill with ancillary facilities (annealing and finishing). Throughout the next few years, modifications were made to the equipment and eventually, the company had the capacity to roll 108,000 net tons per year of hot rolled products and 60,000 net tons of cold rolled steel products.

In 1947 McLouth Steel Detroit Plant began rolling stainless steel. Two single stand reversing cold reducing mills were installed with the related supplementary equipment. In 1954, $6,000,000 of the $100,000,000 expansion plan for the new Trenton plant was used to install two 4-high reversing cold rolling mills. With this new addition to the Detroit plant, the stainless-steel production was increased to 52,000 net tons per year.

The McLouth Steel Detroit Plant is a finishing facility for sheet and strip products only. Principal operating units are two 50-inch (1,300 mm)., 4-high cold reduction mills, a cold anneal and pickle line, a temper mill, two slitting lines (36in. and 24in.), and a coil polisher. The two 50in. Reduction mills are essentially identical. Both were installed in 1953 by United and combined, they both have an annual capacity of 120,000 tons. The cold anneal and pickle line was installed in 1975 by Production Machinery. The line consists of an entry end washing section to remove rolling oils, an open-air annealing furnace where the strip is heated above 1,900 °F (1,040 °C) and three acid pickling tanks followed by rinsing and drying units. Paper is interleaved between the coil wraps at the exit take up reel to avoid surface abrasion.

Steelmaking equipment, massive and complex, requires the skills of many people such as millwrights, pipefitters, carpenters, welders and various craftsmen who perform necessary maintenance and repair work. Others behind the steelmaking scenes who contribute greatly to steel production are those employed in the Operations, Production and Supervising Departments.

Exposures to the asbestos products at the mill can cause Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Asbestosis and other cancers 10 – 40 years later. Even if you smoked you may be entitled to compensation if you are suffering an asbestos related disease.

Slab Furnaces: The slab furnaces reheat the slabs in order to go through the roughing and finishing mills.

Job Classifications:

Pipefitter: Maintains pipes in furnace area.

Bricklayer: Repairs furnace lining and patch repair work.

Laborer: tear out of furnace lining for rebuild work.

Heater: operates slab furnaces.

Heater helper: assists heater in operation and maintenance of furnaces.

Other occupations exposed to asbestos:

Maintenance Foreman and Supervisors:  They schedule and supervise the maintenance and repair of the buildings and equipment.

First Line Supervisors/Managers Production and Operating Workers: They directly supervise and coordinate production and operations employees (Precision Workers, Inspectors, Machine Setters and Operators, Assemblers, Fabricators, and Plant and System Operators.

Maintenance: Construction and Millwrights, Bricklayers, Electricians, Insulators, Machinists, Oilers, Painters, Pipefitters, Welders and other trades. They construct, maintain and repair the buildings and equipment throughout the plant.

Heavy/Mobile Equipment Repair: Industrial Mechanics maintained and repaired Kress Carriers, payloaders, fork trucks, dump trucks, tow motors, hoists and other equipment

Material Handling: Hi-Lo Operators, Crane Operators, Equipment Operators, Laborers, Sludge Operators and Tractor Operators. They handle and move the raw materials, steel and equipment for the mill.

Transportation: Railroad Laborers, Switchman and Engineers operated the locomotives for transporting molten steel, Ingot molds, and other materials.

Receiving and Shipping: They receive and ship materials for the various plants and departments.

Asbestos exposures at McLouth Steel came from a number of sources including asbestos containing blankets, brick insulation, brakes, clothing, electrical products, fireproofing, gaskets, granite, hot tops, furnace cement, insulating cement, pipecovering, refractory insulation and sideboards.

In addition to the Gibraltar Plant, there were numerous departments and occupations that experienced heavy asbestos exposure, at McLouth’s Trenton and Gibraltar Plants.

Experienced Asbestos Lawyers for McLouth Steel Workers in Detroit, Trenton, and Gibraltar

If you or a loved one have concerns about asbestos exposure at the McLouth Steel Detroit Plant or anywhere in Detroit, Trenton, or Gibraltar, Michigan, our team of Michigan-based lawyers is here to assist you. With over 50 years of combined experience, John Kelsey and John Pomerville, Asbestos & Mesothelioma Attorneys at Goldberg Persky & White, are well-versed in asbestos exposure at McLouth Steel and the related diseases it causes. They have successfully represented numerous individuals with mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis in Wayne County Circuit Court over the past two decades.

Protecting Your Rights and Seeking Compensation

If you have questions about your exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma at McLouth Steel in Detroit, Gibraltar, or Trenton, Michigan, contact one of our experienced Michigan lawyers, John Kelsey or John Pomerville. Our Michigan-based mesothelioma lawyers can provide guidance and support tailored to your situation.

Immediate Action for Mesothelioma Diagnosis

If you have received a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is crucial to speak with an experienced Michigan-based lawyer promptly to safeguard your legal rights. Time is of the essence, and understanding the facts will empower you to make informed medical and legal decisions, potentially leading to financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Comprehensive Representation for Asbestos Victims

Our firm has a proven track record of representing individuals injured by exposure to asbestos, including those with work histories at McLouth Steel in Detroit, Gibraltar, or Trenton, Michigan. With a database of job sites and asbestos product identifications spanning over 30 years of specialized asbestos litigation, we are equipped to effectively and efficiently represent asbestos victims in the workplace.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact our dedicated team of Michigan-based asbestos lawyers today for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and we are committed to helping you navigate your legal options and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Why does it matter that McLouth Steel Detroit, Gibraltar or Trenton, Michigan is in our jobsites database?

It matters that McLouth Steel Detroit, Gibraltar, or Trenton, Michigan, is in our jobsites database because familiarity with specific work environments is crucial for successfully pursuing an asbestos claim.

Here’s why:

  1. Knowledge of Work Environments: Lawyers need to understand the specific job sites where asbestos exposure occurred. This includes knowing the layout of the facilities, the types of tasks performed, and the duration of employment.

  2. Identification of Responsible Parties: Understanding the companies that employed individuals at McLouth Steel and the products they used is essential for identifying liable parties in asbestos-related claims. This includes both the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products and the companies that used them.

  3. Supporting Evidence: Access to depositions, testimonies of other asbestos disease victims, and documentation from the plant and defendants can provide critical evidence to support a claim. This evidence helps establish the link between asbestos exposure at McLouth Steel and the resulting health effects.

  4. Legal Expertise and Resources: With over 30 years of experience in asbestos litigation, our firm has developed a comprehensive knowledge base that includes company diagrams, invoices, memos, product packaging, expert testimonies, and scientific literature. This wealth of resources strengthens our ability to effectively represent clients in asbestos-related cases.

By having McLouth Steel Detroit, Gibraltar, or Trenton, Michigan, in our jobsites database, we can offer informed and strategic legal representation tailored to the specific circumstances of each client’s case.

McLouth Steel in Detroit, Gibraltar, or Trenton is one of tens of thousands of jobsites in our database.

Our extensive familiarity with various industries, manufacturers, and products enables us to efficiently and effectively identify all asbestos-containing products that may have contributed to your injury. This breadth of knowledge has been acquired through years of experience representing individuals and families affected by asbestos exposure.

Understanding Asbestos Exposure Injuries

Asbestos exposure can result in a range of non-cancerous and cancerous conditions, including:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer
  • Colon and colorectal cancers
  • Throat cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Asbestosis

Successful Representation for McLouth Steel Employees

We have successfully represented hundreds of McLouth Steel employees and Michigan United Steelworkers of America (USWA) members in lawsuits against the responsible asbestos product manufacturers. Our efforts have resulted in millions of dollars in compensation for these victims of asbestos-related diseases.

Legal Support and Compensation Recovery

Our firm has the resources and experience to take on the asbestos industry and fight for fair compensation on your behalf. If you have worked at McLouth Steel in Detroit, Gibraltar, or Trenton, Michigan, and have been injured by asbestos, don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE, no-obligation consultation at 1-800-799-2234.

Protect Your Rights and Seek Justice

Your health and well-being are our top priorities. We are committed to providing you with the legal support and guidance you need to navigate your asbestos-related injury claim successfully. Contact us today to discuss your case and explore your options for seeking the compensation you deserve.