The Titanium Alloy Manufacturing Company (TAM) was founded in 1906, by Dr. Auguste Rossi, William Meredith and Andrew Thompson. Located on Hyde Park Boulevard in Niagara Falls, New York, the company originally manufactured powdered ferrocarbon titanate (an additive used in the steelmaking process) and titanium dioxide (a pigment used in the manufacture of white paint). In 1920, the National Lead Company, the manufacturer of “Dutch Boy” paints, acquired a controlling interest in the company. In 1948, TAM became the Titanium Alloys Manufacturing Division of National Lead. Over the next several decades, TAM diversified its product line to include powdered zirconium dioxide, zirconium silicate and titanate. In 1979, Cookson Electronics acquired National Lead’s Titanium Alloys Manufacturing Division. Ferro acquired TAM in 1999, and added it to its Electronic Materials Division. In 2010, a local management group purchased the Niagara Falls facility and renamed it TAM Ceramics. The facility consists of 18 buildings on 35 acres, and at its peak, it employed around 200 people. The plant currently manufactures metal powders used in a variety of industries, including ceramics, electronics, textiles and automotive.
Prior to the late 1970s, asbestos-containing materials were utilized in construction and maintenance at the Titanium Alloy Manufacturing Company in Niagara Falls, 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 Titanium Alloy Manufacturing Company and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.