Ferree Plastics was established in 1960 in Lockport, New York. The Ferree family purchased Sterling Molders Inc. and its plant on Van Burren Street after a massive fire nearly destroyed the building. Ferree Plastics acquired former Sterling Molders Inc. clients and continued to manufacture molded plastic parts for automobiles, electronics, small household appliances and personal care products. The Lockport plant included facilities for production molding, prototype development and sonic welding. In 1992, after 30 years of business, Ferree Plastics filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The business became overly reliant on their partnership with the Harrison Division of General Motors Corporation, and because of the lack of automobile sales at the time, Harrison did not employ Ferree Plastics as much as anticipated. Ferree Plastics closed its doors in 1994, and the former plastics plant remains abandoned in Lockport today.
Prior to the mid-1980s, many manufacturers of plastic products used plastic molding compounds that contained raw asbestos fibers. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. When asbestos-containing plastic molding compounds were manipulated, drilled or sanded, asbestos dust and fibers became airborne and were inhaled or ingested. During the manufacturing process of plastic parts, molders, finishers and other laborers were exposed to asbestos. Even workers who did not have direct contact with asbestos-containing plastic molding compounds, but worked in an area where it was manufactured or molded, are at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.
If you or a loved one worked at Ferree Plastics in Lockport, New York, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.