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Stockton, California: A Legacy of Asbestos Use and Mesothelioma Disease

Stockton, California, located on the California Delta, is the county seat of San Joaquin County. One of only two California inland sea ports, the city enjoyed a robust boat building and shipping industry from 1940s into the 1980’s. The port served at the gateway to California’s Central Valley. But to public health advocates, Stockon has gained notoriety for a less flattering reason: it is the location where scores of individuals were exposed to asbestos over the last century, and later developed the incurable cancer, mesothelioma.

The Stockton shipyards were home to numerous boat building companies who constructed mine sweepers for United States Navy, and tug boats and ferries that later were put to use in the San Francisco Bay. Asbestos containing products and insulation material were used extensively at the shipyard. Many workers who were employed in the Stockton shipyards were later diagnosed with asbestos related diseases.

Located at 1051 Sperry Road, in Stockton, California, the Johns-Manville asbestos product manufacturing plant is a landmark for many families who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos both at the plant, and contained in asbestos containing products shipped from the plant. The plant opened in the 1950’s and continued to produce asbestos cement pipe into the 1980’s. Asbestos was often shipped into the plant via the railroad whose tracks ran through the manufacturing facility. Thousands of tons of asbestos were used in manufacturing at the facility. Numerous deaths have occurred as result of mesothelioma caused by asbestos processed at the Johns-Manville asbestos cement pipe manufacturing plant in Stockton, California.

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was used extensively as a heat resistant and bonding agent in the manufacturing of construction and insulating products from the 1900’s through the 1980’s in the United States. Inhalation of asbestos fibers cause various asbestos related diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Asbestosis is a chronic scarring and thickening of the lungs. As the disease progresses, asbestosis makes it very difficult for an individual to breathe, and may eventually result in death. Mesothelioma is a cancer the can occur in the mesothelial lining surrounding the heart, lungs, or stomach. There is no cure for pleural malignant mesothelioma.

Many individuals who were exposed to asbestos in Stockton, California, and later developed and asbestos related disease, have brought lawsuits to gain compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering. Moreover, many families who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma have also sought justice in the Courts.

The Johns-Manville bankruptcy trust provides compensation to individuals who were exposed to asbestos at the Johns-Manville asbestos containing product manufacturing plant in Stockton, who later developed asbestos related diseases.
Moreover there are numerous bankruptcy trusts that will provide compensation to individuals and families who have suffered from asbestos related diseases as a result of exposure to asbestos at the Stockton Shipyards.

Additionally, there are many other construction and industrial sites in Stockton, California, were it is documented…

that workers were exposed to asbestos. If you or a loved one has developed an asbestos related disease, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, the Asbestos Legal Center is offering free legal consultations at 1-800-970-3878.