Bliss & Laughlin Steel was originally founded in 1891 in Harvey, Illinois. In 1929, Bliss & Laughlin constructed a bar mill in Buffalo in order to manufacture steel bars. The steel mill’s location enabled Bliss & Laughlin to provide easier access to markets on the East Coast. Located on Hopkins Street in South Buffalo, the mill manufactures cold drawn steel bars used in many products, including automobiles, construction equipment, farming machinery and household appliances. Bliss & Laughlin closed its mill during a strike in 1971, and in 1972, the mill was acquired and reopened by Ramco Steel. After Ramco went bankrupt in 1985, the mill was taken over by Niagara Cold Drawn Corporation. In 1997, Niagara acquired Lasalle Corporation and was renamed Niagara-Lasalle. Today, the mill is a single, 130,000 square foot building, and it employs around 150 people. It continues to manufacture cold drawn steel bars used in various industries.
Prior to the late 1970s, asbestos-containing materials were utilized in construction and maintenance at Bliss & Laughlin Steel in Buffalo, New York. Inhaling dust and particles from the application and removal of asbestos-containing materials placed workers at risk for developing serious health problems, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Even those who were not in direct contact with asbestos materials remain at risk for the development of asbestos-related diseases. If you or a loved one were once employed at Bliss & Laughlin Steel and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.