Shelby, North Carolina, has been home to several industrial and manufacturing plants for decades. Over the years, these industries have employed thousands of people from across the state.

Asbestos, is a virtually indestructible and heat-resistant mineral, once used in products such as insulation, gaskets, cement, auto brakes and floor tiles. After studies revealed a link between certain cancers (including mesothelioma) and asbestos exposure, several Shelby, N.C., businesses in related industries (i.e. mills, plants, manufacturing etc.) were discovered to have utilized these hazardous asbestos-containing materials.

This has sparked concern for local employees who are now at greater risk of developing asbestos-related cancers. The businesses themselves are also troubled, as they are being held liable for harm (in many cases, life-threatening harm) to which they exposed their employees.

Known asbestos exposure sites near Shelby, N.C. include:

Shelby, N.C.
  • Doran Textiles/Dover Mill
  • Fiber Industries/Hoechst Fibers / Hoechst Celanese (Also in Earl, N.C.)
  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass/PPG Plant
Kings Mountain, N.C.
  • Combustion Engineering Shop
  • Phoenix Fibers
  • Foote Mineral
  • Park Yarn Mill
  • Margrace Mill
  • Niesco Mill
Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Cochrane Furniture
  • Kinkaid Furniture
  • Carolina Mills High Shoals/Lincolnton
  • Burlington Mills
  • Leslie Fay Mill  Boger City/Lincolnton
  • JP Stevens Mill
  • Timkin Roller Bearing
Brice, N.C.
  • Duke Power Cliffside/Steam Plant Cliffside
  • Cone Mills/Hanes Mill/Cliffside Cotton Mill/Towel Mill Cliffside
Spindale, N.C.
  • Nortenn, Inc./Spindale Mills/New Cherokee Corp. Plant
  • Stonecutter Mills Plants #1 & 2
Avondale, N.C.
  • Cone Mills Haynes Avondale Plant Henrietta
Forest City, N.C.
  • Cone Mills Florence Plant 
Gaffney, S.C.
  • Magnolia Plant (Milliken) Gaffney/Blacksburg, SC
  • Duke Power 99 Islands Hydro Plant
  • Duke Power Gaston Shoals Hydro Plant
  • Cherokee Finishing
  • Timken Roller Bearing
  • Limestone Textile Mill
  • Oxford Mill 
Chesnee, S.C.
  • John H. Montgomery Mill

Other asbestos exposure sites have been documented across North Carolina, including workplaces and residences in cities and towns such as:

  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Belmont, N.C.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Concord, N.C.
  • Durham, N.C.
  • Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Gastonia, N.C.
  • Greenville, N.C.
  • Greensboro, N.C
  • Hickory, N.C.
  • High Point, N.C.
  • Lenoir, N.C.
  • Lumberton, N.C.
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
  • Rocky Mount, N.C.
  • Salisbury, N.C.
  • Wilmington, N.C.
  • Wilson, N.C.
  • Winston-Salem, N.C.

Asbestos exposure has been shown to increase an individual’s risk of developing the following medical conditions and disease:

  • Mesothelioma, a rare, but deadly cancer of the lining of the chest cavity.
  • Cancers of the lung, colon, larynx, throat, esophagus or pharynx.
  • Asbestosis, a scarring of delicate lung tissue. This scarring can spread through the lungs and cause breathing problems.
  • Pleural disease, causing scarring of the lung lining and sometimes difficulty breathing.

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Think you are a victim of asbestos exposure in Shelby, N.C.?

Ward Black Law’s team of experienced lawyers have successfully represented more than 800 clients with health issues relating to asbestos exposure. If you’ve worked in one of the environments listed above, or have reason to believe you might be at risk, we can offer a free consultation and valuable insights.

It is our priority to keep the people of North Carolina well informed on their risks, rights and resources for recovery. Call Ward Black today at 336-333-2244 or toll-free at 800-531-9191. You may also reach Ward Black Law by email or online inquiry.