In 1907, the Crescent Tool Company was founded in Jamestown, New York, by Swedish immigrant Karl Peterson. Located on Harrison Street in Jamestown, the Crescent manufacturing facility consisted of nine interconnected buildings on over two acres of land. At its production height during World War II, it employed nearly 700 people. Crescent manufactured various hand tools in Jamestown, including the world-famous Crescent Adjustable Wrench. In 1960, the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Crescent Niagara Corporation, and in 1968, it was acquired by Cooper Industries. Most production lines moved to North Carolina in 1977, and in 1984 the plant closed.
Prior to the late 1970s, asbestos-containing materials were utilized in the manufacturing process and during maintenance procedures at the Crescent Tool Company in Jamestown, 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 the Crescent Tool Company in Jamestown, New York, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.