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Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation f/k/a Hoerner Waldorf Corporation/Hoerner Boxes, Inc./Huss Ontonagon Pulp and Paper Mill, f/k/a National Container Board Corporation a/k/a Ontonagon Paper Mill

Ontonagon, Ontonagon County, Michigan

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation f/k/a Hoerner Waldorf Corporation/Hoerner Boxes, Inc./Huss Ontonagon Pulp and Paper Mill, f/k/a National Container Board Corporation a/k/a Ontonagon Paper Mill

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Located in Ontonagon, Michigan alongside the Ontonagon River, the Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation Ontonagon Paper Mill is a source of asbestos exposure, Mesothelioma and other asbestos related cancers.  The plant originally opened in 1921 as the National Container Board Ontonagon Paper Mill operations. Expansion occurred in 1955 when Alvin Huss purchased National Container Corporation’s paperboard mill in Ontonagon, Michigan, and it became the Huss Ontonagon Pulp and Paper Company. Under its new name the company built a pulp mill, power plant, and paper mill before starting production in 1956. In 1962 the company expanded again when Huss Ontonagon merged with Hoerner Boxes, Inc. which was located in Keokuk, Iowa. Hoerner Boxes, Inc. then merged with Waldorf Corporation, a manufacturer of paper packaging products to become Hoerner Waldorf Corporation.  Champion International Corporation bought out Hoerner Waldorf Corporation in 1977.  Eventually the plant was purchased by Smurfit-Stone Corporation a global company which unfortunately filed for bankruptcy beginning the demise of the plant and many hardworking Ontonagon citizens lost their employment.  A deal between Smurfit Stone and Rock-Tenn Company could not save the plant which closed in 2010. The plant had annually produced over 240 million tons of corrugated sandwich layered paper. Logging the remaining hardwood and hemlock helped with the arrival of a big paper mill in 1921. The plant was powered by coal. Freighters arrived 6 times a year bringing 16,000 tons. The Ontonagon mill had employed nearly 240 people. Over the years, hundreds of workers were exposed to asbestos at the mill before it closed.

The Ontonagon Mill plant had the containerboard and corrugated containers segment. It included the company’s containerboard mills and corrugated container operations. Due to the papermaking operation, asbestos was used extensively and located through out the plant on the boilers, steam lines and equipment including on the paper machines and pulp mill.  Dryer felts used on the paper machines to help dry the paper contained asbestos from the 1950’s until the late 1970’s. 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.

There are numerous departments and occupations including:

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

Powerhouse: Boiler and Turbine Operators, and Maintenance Men, they operate and monitor the boilers, turbines, condensors, and compressors.

Material Handling: Hi-Lo Operators, Crane Operators, Equipment Operators, Laborers, Sludge Operators and Tractor Operators. They handle and move the logs, chips and sludge for the mill.

Wood Processing: Chipman, Chip Plant Operator, Liquors Mixer, Operators, and Utility Workers. They operate and monitor the chipper and send processed wood to pulp mill.

Pulp Mill: Effluent Treater, Pulp Operator and Secondary Treatment. They cook the wood chips into pulp and treat it with chemicals.

Paper Mill Machine: Back Tender, Beater Room Operator and Helper, Brakeman, Paper Machine Tender. They take the pulp and turn it into paper through the various sections on the paper machine.

Shipping: Car loader, Power Trucker, Trackmobile Operator and Weigher. Prepare the paper for shipping to customers.

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

Truck and Tractor Operators: They operate truck and or tractors to move raw materials (forest logs), chips and equipment in the mill.

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.

Industrial Production Managers: They plan coordinate or direct the manufacturing process.

Engineers: They coordinate, plan and schedule construction and maintenance projects.

If you or a loved one have questions regarding asbestos exposure at Ontonagon paper mill or anywhere in Ontonagon Michigan, we have Michigan based and licensed lawyers with over 50 combined years of experience that would be able to assist you.  John Kelsey and John Pomerville are Asbestos & Mesothelioma Attorneys in Goldberg Persky & White’s Michigan offices and have been representing Michigan asbestos victims in the lower and upper peninsulas for over 25 years. They are very knowledgeable in regards to asbestos exposure at Ontonagon Paper Mill, Mesothelioma and the other asbestos diseases caused by asbestos exposure. We have represented many individuals with mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis in Ontonagon County for the past 20 years. If you have any questions concerning your exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma at Ontonagon Paper Mill in Ontonagon, MI call our Michigan-based mesothelioma lawyers, they may be able to give guidance if you were exposed to asbestos in Ontonagon, MI.

If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma you should immediately speak with an experienced Michigan based Lawyer to preserve your legal rights as this is a time sensitive matter and knowing the facts will help you make the best medical and legal decisions possible and help you recover financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

We have represented people injured by exposure to asbestos whose work histories include Ontonagon Paper Mill in Ontonagon, Michigan. Our extensive database of jobsites and asbestos product identification built over 30 years of specializing in asbestos lawsuits allows us to effectively and efficiently represent those injured by asbestos in the workplace.

Why does it matter that Ontonagon Paper Mill is in our jobsites database?

In order to successfully pursue an asbestos claim, your lawyer needs to be familiar with the jobsites you worked at, including

  • the companies that employed you,
  • the products they purchased and used, and
  • the companies who produced those products;
  • depositions, testimony of other Ontonagon Asbestos disease victims
  • documentation from the Plant and the Defendants

After more than 30 years pioneering asbestos litigation, we have a vast knowledgebase covering                                                                              things such as company diagrams, invoices from asbestos product manufacturers, revealing company memos demonstrating their knowledge of the risks, asbestos product packaging through the years, depositions from leading experts, and medical and scientific literature dating from the late 1800s to the current day.

Ontonagon Paper Mill is one of tens of thousands of jobsites in our database.

Being familiar with many different industries, manufacturers, and products means we can efficiently and effectively identify all the asbestos containing products that contributed to your injury. It’s a breadth of knowledge gained from years of experience representing people injured by asbestos and their families.

Asbestos Exposure Injuries

Asbestos exposure can cause a variety of non-cancerous and cancerous injuries such as:

  • mesothelioma
  • lung cancer
  • colon and colo-rectal cancers
  • throat cancer
  • laryngeal cancer
  • esophagealcancer
  • asbestosis

Did you work in Ontonagon Paper Mill in Ontonagon, Michigan? Have you been injured by asbestos? Contact us today for a FREE, no obligation consultation: 1-800-799-2234

Asbestos in Ontonagon, Michigan

Ontonagon County sits on the east shore of Lake Superior includes the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park created in 1945.  The city of Ontonagon is the county seat of Ontonagon County. It has 60,000 acres of virgin forest; Lake of the Clouds, one of the most scenic spots in all of Michigan; and Summit Peak Observation Tower, one of the highest points in Michigan. The county has a distinguished history of logging and mining. The name Ontonagon is from the Ojibwa “onagon” which means “dish” or “bowl”. The name is said to be derived from a Native American word “Nondon-organ” meaning “hunting river” and which appeared as named for a river called “Nantounagon” on a 1670 French map.

Ontonagon today is still a harbor town though the river is primarily recreational. The Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation Ontonagon Paper Mill, operated for many years alongside the Ontonagon River, was closed by Rock-Tenn Corporation; it was the area’s largest employer. Also known for its tourism, fishing and hunting opportunities along the fabulous beaches of Lake Superior. Historically Ontonagon was a port town with shipping iron, lumber, ore and copper.  There was the Great Ontonagon Fire of 1896 from which it still hasn’t fully recovered. Modest buildings replaced those constructed during the town’s 19th-century prosperity from mining exploration and massive logging.  The 1880s wealth was due to the shipping industry. Profits from Ontonagon County mining were tiny compared to the wealth copper and iron brought cities like Houghton-Hancock. The enormous stands of white pine which could be floated down the Ontonagon River created the town’s next economic upswing beginning in the 1880s, first with lumber and shingle mills, and then, interestingly enough, by a company that made a product that became familiar all over America—the Diamond match. The Diamond Match Company, one of the largest companies, made lumber out of its best wood, then used its second-rate logs to make so many matches. Diamond’s two sawmills employed 500 people. Ontonagon was well on its way  to becoming a diversified industrial town having attracted such firms as, White Pine Copper Mine,The Diamond Match Company, Hoerner Waldorf Corp and Ontonagon Paper Mill.

Ontonagon also has a history of manufacturing in fields known for using asbestos-containing materials, placing workers at a high-risk category for asbestos exposure. Malignant mesothelioma may result when workers and loved ones have been exposed to asbestos. If you have been exposed to asbestos in Ontonagon, you may benefit by seeking legal counsel from our Michigan based asbestos lawyers. Our Michigan lawyers John Kelsey and John Pomerville are very familiar with the Ontonagon jobsites and the asbestos products workers were exposed to at these sites.

If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma you should immediately speak with an experienced Michigan based Lawyer to preserve your legal rights as this is a time sensitive matter and knowing the facts will help you make the best medical and legal decisions possible and help  you recover financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering .