Martisco Corporation was founded in 1958 by James Bugdon and Hopkins Jenkins. Located in Liverpool, New York, it is a distributor of plumbing supplies. Martisco was the authorized distributor in the Syracuse area for Johns-Manville’s transite asbestos cement pipe. Contractors and local municipalities purchased transite pipe from Martisco for use in roof drains, furnace flues, water pipes, utility lines, sanitary sewer drains and HVAC ducts. Workers who handled and cut transite asbestos cement pipe are at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Transite asbestos cement pipe is a mixture of cement and asbestos fibers. It was manufactured in thirteen-foot lengths. Asbestos was incorporated into transite pipes because of its inherent strength and resistance to heat. Workers used hand saws, gas-powered disc saws or electric masonry saws to cut transite pipe. Asbestos-containing dust and fibers became airborne when the pipe was cut.
Inhaling dust and particles from cutting or applying asbestos-containing materials placed workers at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Even individuals who were not in direct contact with asbestos materials remain at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease. If you or a loved one worked at Martisco or utilized transite pipe, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.