Asbestos Exposure at Albany Felt Company
The Albany Felt Company was established in Albany, New York in 1895. For nearly a century, the company was headquartered in Albany, producing paper-making felts and other “Paper Machine Clothing” for many paper mills. In the years following World War II, the company found itself expanding greatly, building new felt mills throughout Canada and the American south, selling their felts across a much broader market beyond upstate New York, and forging partnerships with businesses across Europe. In 1969, the company was renamed the Albany International Corporation, which operated as an umbrella corporation for the merger between the Albany Felt Company and two complementary businesses – Appleton Wire Works in the U.S. and Nordiska Maskinfilt in Europe.
As the company modernized, its focus shifted from paper felt manufacturing to producing advanced composite materials, a restructuring which has recently taken the company headquarters out of its original home in Albany to its new location in Rochester, NH. From 1902 until 2011, the company was headquartered on the border of Albany, NY and neighboring Menands, home to both its corporate offices and one of its primary paper felt manufacturing plants.
Belluck & Fox has represented several former employees of Albany Felt who were diagnosed with mesothelioma as a direct result of exposure at the Albany Felt plant. We are very familiar with the Albany Felt site, including the companies that sold the asbestos-containing equipment to Albany Felt. We know the layout of the facilities and how workers were exposed to asbestos at this site. Our team has won significant settlements for:
- Maintenance workers
- Paper felt workers