Joy Manufacturing Company was established in 1955 in Western New York, and at that time, employed four engineers. Shortly after it was established, Joy Manufacturing opened a Research and Development facility at 3101 Broadway Avenue in Cheektowaga, New York, for the purpose of designing and developing gas turbines, steam turbines, axial flow compressors and other equipment. During the 1960s, Joy Manufacturing narrowed its focus and primarily designed and manufactured centrifugal air compressors. The company’s focus shifted again in the 1980s with the development of a low cost air plant compressor utilizing computer-based design software. In 1987, Cooper Industries acquired Joy Manufacturing Company and formed a new air compressor division known as Cooper-Turbo Compression. In 2006, Cooper Industries changed its name to Cameron.
Prior to the late 1970s, the men and women who worked at Joy Manufacturing were unknowingly at risk of exposure to asbestos. Asbestos-containing gaskets were used throughout the plant during the installation, repair and maintenance of pumps, valves, steam traps and strainers, and turbines. Asbestos gaskets were used because of their durability and ability to withstand high temperatures and corrosive materials. Asbestos cement and asbestos Bakelite or plastic components, such as termination blocks, arch shields and fuse blocks were used during the installation of electric motors and switches. This equipment also frequently contained asbestos paper, cloth, board and insulated cable and wire. Applying and removing asbestos-containing materials gives rise to large amounts of asbestos dust. Exposure to asbestos-containing products can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer, years after an initial exposure to airborne asbestos fibers.
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 once worked at Joy Manufacturing and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.