National Oilwell Varco (Houston)
Quality Tubing Division of National Oilwell Varco, a multinational corporation, manufactures products for the drilling rig industry. The Houston, Texas
, based company designs, builds, and sells oil rigs for use both on land and offshore. The company is a combination of two giant corporations: Varco International and USS Oilwell, which combined forces in 2005. Varco International has been involved in the industry for over 140 years, giving them an extraordinary amount of experience. Furthermore, they own nearly as many brands associated with the business as they have years of experience in the industry totally. In all, the company produces and sells products under different 138 brands. USS Oilwell began its life in 1862 as the John Eaton Company, also referred to simply as Oil Well. United States Steel
bought the company in the 1930s and changed the name to USS Oilwell. For the next few decades, USS Oilwell continued to merge with smaller companies, gradually gaining power in the industry. Quality tubing is one well known brand owned by National Oilwell Varco. The company was bought by Varco during December of 2000, merging into the existing company to become a force in the oil drilling industry. The brand produces tubes that are used by both oil and gas rigs. The subsidiary holds offices at various locations throughout the globe, including Texas, Venezuela, Canada, and Scotland. Unfortunately, quality tubing was one of many factories, power plants, mills, and other work areas that used asbestos in their daily operations. Throughout the twentieth century, up until the 1980s, asbestos was widely used for its physical properties. The fibrous mineral had the ability to insulate against extreme heat and electrical current. Unfortunately, this short term protection turned out to have an extremely negative long term effect. Today, asbestos is well known for its health risks. The material may not be dangerous to the touch, but when it is contained in products that become damaged, the fibers easily become airborne. From this point forward, they are easily inhaled or swallowed, often without the knowledge of the victim. Once the crystalline fibers make their way into the lungs, they can remain there for decades without being cleared out by the body. While present in the tissue surrounding organs, the mesothelium, they interfere with the cell division process, causing cancerous cells to develop. In addition to lung cancer, they can cause a rare and malicious cancer known as mesothelioma
, which is almost exclusively linked with exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma occurs when the lining of the chest cavity becomes cancerous. It is almost never detected early because its symptoms remain latent
for many decades. This contributes to the disease’s prognosis
and life expectancy
, which averages only eight to 14 months.