Raybestos-Manhattan (Bridgeport)

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Raymark Industries, also known as Raybestos-Manhattan has been manufacturing auto parts for quite some time. The company was founded in 1902 as the Raymond Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The business has changed names a few times, but their overall products remain the same. The business specializes in equipment like brakes, clutches and other products associated with friction. As the auto industry grew dramatically during the early to middle part of the last century, the company saw profits increase as well. While they grew, the business increased the number of facilities and employees to increase production.
During World War II, the company received a great deal of military contracts that helped secure its future for years to come. No matter what was built by the company, there is one constant, asbestos. The material was an essential part of virtually all major manufacturing industries in America of the time. One of the few industries that are still allowed to use the material is that of break producers. It is an integral part of many brake pads, due to its ability to resist large amounts of heat. Before the dangers of asbestos were known, many workers wore no protection as they consistently handled it.

Mesothelioma is one of the most dangerous diseases associated with inhalation of asbestos. Taking years to develop, many people aren’t able to connect their previous exposure with current symptoms. Once inside the body, the asbestos can degrade cells to the point that cancer occurs. Once this happens, the disease can progress very quickly. Early detection is essential for being able to prolong life expectancy and remain healthy enough to undergo treatment. Asbestosis is another disease that commonly occurs, but has more treatment options and is associated with a longer life expectancy. Not all workers who were exposed will develop complications, only a rare few will experience these dreadful illnesses.

Asbestos was an integral part of manufacturing during America’s rise after the World War II. With the vast majority of people being unaware of the dangers it presented, many people happily worked with the substance. As the dust was inhaled, these same individuals were put at great risk of developing one of the many asbestos related diseases. Mesothelioma is one of the most dangerous side effects, and has the ability to severely reduce the length a person will live. Knowing of the potential dangers posed by previous exposure is essential.

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