Foster Wheeler was still a huge market force when it was incorporated in 1927. It was formed by the merger of the Wheeler Condenser & Engineering Company and the Power Specialty Company. Originally founded in 1891, Wheeler Condenser & Engineering Company produced steam condensers, pumps and heat exchangers that were used in the electric power and marine industries. The Power Specialty Company was formed in 1900 in New York City, and held manufacturing facilities in Dansville, New York. While the Power Specialty Company originally manufactured waterworks equipment, it quickly branched off into designing and manufacturing boiler components. It also took a very active role in serving the electrical power industry. Both the Wheeler Condenser & Engineering Company and the Power Specialty Company individually enjoyed a close relationship with the United States armed forces, a trend that would continue once the two companies merged in 1927 to form the Foster Wheeler Corporation.
After the merger, the company expanded its product line to include cooling towers, evaporators and feed water heaters. In 1931, the company acquired the D. Connelly Boiler Company, which allowed for additional production of steam generator system components. Foster Wheeler also experienced a great deal of growth during the wars of the twentieth century because of the growing needs of the armed forces.
Unfortunately, asbestos-containing materials and products were not absent from Foster Wheelers product line or its manufacturing facility. Boilers were a very well known asbestos-containing product that Foster Wheeler manufactured. Boilers are used in a variety of industries for several different projects, including marine vessel and energy production. Boilers are intended to act as a closed vessel to heat water, liquid or steam for use in other mechanical processes. The boilers were commonly covered in sheets of asbestos-containing block insulation. Workers that manufactured or maintained and repaired these boilers could have been exposed to asbestos, including boilermakers, millwrights or pipe coverers.
Our attorneys have gathered a vast amount of information concerning the type and variety of asbestos containing products to which our clients were exposed. If you or a loved one were once employed at Foster Wheeler and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, please contact us for a free case evaluation.