In 1915, E. J. Eddy, Inc., was established by Ernest J. Eddy in Buffalo, New York, in order to distribute and install asbestos-containing insulating materials. In 1958, the Mundet Cork Company acquired E. J. Eddy, Inc. In 1960, E. J. Eddy was absorbed into its parent company and became the Buffalo branch of Mundet Cork’s Thermal Insulating Division. Crown Cork and Seal acquired Mundet Cork in 1963, and in 1964, Baldwin-Ehret-Hill (BEH) acquired Mundet’s Thermal Insulating Division. BEH was acquired by Keene Corporation in 1968 and became the Keene Building Products Corporation. In 1976, Keene Building Products Corporation ceased operations.
Up until the late 1970s, laborers who were employed by E. J. Eddy and its successor companies applied and removed a variety of asbestos-containing materials at commercial and industrial sites throughout Western New York. Workers who handled materials that contained asbestos or worked in the vicinity of others who did, are at high risk for developing an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer.
E. J. Eddy used many different brands of asbestos-containing materials, including Keasbey & Mattison, Ruberoid, Owens-Corning and Johns Manville. During the years that the local company was controlled by larger corporations, such as Baldwin-Ehret-Hill and Keene Corporation, asbestos-containing materials manufactured by those corporations were utilized by E. J. Eddy workers. E. J. Eddy was also supplied with asbestos materials from other local distributors, including Insulation Distributors, Inc. and Niagara Asbestos. Laborers employed by E. J. Eddy applied asbestos-containing materials at dozens of commercial and industrial job sites throughout Western New York, including:
- Bethlehem Steel
- Republic Steel
- University at Buffalo
- Millard Fillmore Hospital
- Monroe Community College
- Niagara Mohawk power plants
- Rochester Gas & Electric power plants
- Strong Memorial Hospital
- Erie County Savings Bank
The attorneys at Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC have gathered a vast amount of information concerning the type and variety of asbestos-containing products used by E. J. Eddy, Inc. employees. Our clients understand the importance of securing legal representation as soon as possible after a diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung cancer. If you or a loved one were once employed by the Keene Corporation and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, please contact us regarding your legal rights.