In the 1870s and 1880s, noted inventor Thomas Edison established numerous companies in order to invent and manufacture electrical equipment, including Edison Lamp Company, Edison Machine Works and Edison Electric Light Company. In 1889, Edison merged his companies and formed the Edison General Electric Company. As the result of a merger with the Thomson-Houston Electric Company in 1892, the General Electric Company (GE) was established with its headquarters located in Schenectady, New York. Over the next century, GE became an innovator in many fields, including power generation, household appliances, jet engines, plastics and military hardware.
General Electric grew to have a very large presence throughout New York State. The Capital District (Albany/Schenectady/Troy region), in particular, was home to many of GE’s largest plants. GE plants were located in:
- Schenectady - Main Plant
- Fort Edward
- Waterford - Silicone
- Selkirk - Plastic
- Niskayuna - Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
- Hudson Falls
- Syracuse - Electronics Park
In recent years, many former employees at General Electric have developed and died of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. General Electric workers were exposed to asbestos dust from working with and in the vicinity of a wide variety of asbestos-containing products, including thermal insulation in the form of pipe covering block and cement; sprayed-on products for sound proofing and thermal insulation; joint compound; and plastic molding compound. In the process of representing GE workers and their families, we have gathered a vast amount of information concerning the type and variety of asbestos-containing products to which our clients were exposed.
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 a General Electric facility, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.