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representing North American Refractories Workers in Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

There is a strong probability that former workers at Cleveland, Ohio’s North American Refractories Co. (NARCO) were exposed to asbestos, and may develop lung diseases, including deadly cancers like mesothelioma.

North American Refractories Company (NARCO), with factories in Ironton, Ohio, as well as other throughout the Midwest, was one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of ceramic refractory materials, which are heat-resistant materials used to line high-temperature equipment such as furnaces.

The company’s product line covered more than just refractories, adding products like furnace fittings, coating installations and other potentially toxic products.

The company developed these heat-resistant products during a period when asbestos use was prevalent because of the material’s durability and fireproof nature.

The company’s ceramic refractories, hearths and blast furnace fittings and coatings were known to be asbestos laden. Unfortunately, for years this material was not regulated and posed terrible risks to workers in Ironton, Ohio and plants throughout Ohio and Kentucky.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati asbestos lawyer and Ohio toxic tort attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.

North American Refractories Asbestos Exposure

The fibers from asbestos can be lodged in the lungs, which can cause scarring, and in some cases, tumors. Inhaled asbestos fibers can lay dormant in the lungs for up to five decades, eventually causing cancer and other disorders, including mesothelioma.

Many former workers at asbestos manufacturers in Ohio have been diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma cancer, and other Mesothelioma Cancer.

There is also the possibility, since refractories asbestos fibers can become attached to clothes at the workplace, of contaminating the home. Family members could find themselves at risk. Workers at the following NARCO facility locations are likely to have been exposed to asbestos:

  • Ironton, OH
  • Curwensville, PA
  • Hammond, IN
  • Union, PA
  • Womelsorf, PA
  • Wyandotte, MI
  • Cohammond, IN
  • Mt Union, PA


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

By the time symptoms appear, mesothelioma has most likely already reached an advanced stage. Symptoms of mesothelioma can be varied, and may include the following:

  • Pain in the chest and rib area
  • Persistent cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Mysterious lumps of tissue on the chest and abdomen
  • Stomach pains
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Weight loss

Plant Site Occupations at Risk

As with many manufacturers, Cleveland, Ohio’s North American Refractories supplied its products to numerous different companies, which in turn affected a wide variety of workers. The most common types of workers that were affected by refractories asbestos in NARCO’s products include:

  • Sheet workers
  • Metal workers
  • Engineers
  • Boiler Operator
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Cement Worker
  • Electrician
  • Insulator
  • Laborer
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Crews
  • Millwright
  • Painter
  • Pipefitter
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Roofer
  • Steamfitter
  • Tile Worker
  • Welding Injuries

NARCO Products Containing Asbestos

A large portion of NARCO’s products played roles in industrial processes and required resistance to extremely high temperatures. NARCO manufactured asbestos-containing products include the following:

  • Aerogun
  • BOF-Cote and BOF-Patch
  • W0-339 MC Gun
  • Unicote
  • Anti-Erode Towel
  • Stazon
  • Gun Mix Products
  • Narcocrete Trowel
  • Narcogun Products
  • Narmag 60 DBRC
  • Narcolite
  • Super 505 Hot Gun C

North American Refractories Lawsuits

NARCO and its parent companies continue dealing with the legal consequences of the damaging asbestos-containing products, which led to mesothelioma and related diseases in former employees.

Like many other former refractories asbestos manufacturers, NARCO faced a significant number of personal injury claims. The company has reportedly been named in more than 275,000 asbestos claims.

In one case, five victims received a ruling of $130 million against NARCO for the company’s role in endangering lives with asbestos use. In a separate lawsuit, a Texas jury ordered the company to pay over $6 million in damages to a plaintiff who developed mesothelioma after working as a pipefitter.

Both NARCO and its parent company, Honeywell, are likely to face additional asbestos lawsuits, as related diseases often don’t present themselves until years after initial exposure.

Refractories Asbestos Exposure

The legal system holds American manufacturers responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for workers. When this responsibility is not met, these companies should compensate the victims of unsafe practice.

When North American Refractories Co. began using asbestos, there were already many medical studies that indicated that asbestos was extremely hazardous. Most of the warnings, however, were ignored and the company put workers at risk.

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Why are these cases important?

Many experience asbestos exposure through the workplace. Workplaces may have been filled with toxic materials, and employers may have failed to warn of the serious health risks of the job. Filing a suit helps to raise the awareness of job safety.


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Questions about North American Refractories Asbestos Exposure

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was first utilized in the early 1900s for its insulating abilities, fireproof properties, and versatility. It has been estimated that over 30 million tons of asbestos was used in the American economy in industrial yards, homes, schools, shipyards, and other workplaces.

The natural breakdown of asbestos products and subsequent sawing or cutting of the asbestos creates dust and fibers that are inhaled and can lead to mesothelioma and other severe forms of lung cancer.

Why is Asbestos Toxic?

When asbestos breaks down over time or with use, the fibers of the material can become airborne, presenting a risk of inhaling or ingesting the toxin. Asbestos is a cancer-causing agent, and those heavily exposed can develop scarring in the lungs and later develop lung cancer and mesothelioma.

What Materials Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.

Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.

Why Did Companies Use Asbestos?

Asbestos was cheap, durable, fire-resistant and light, and was though to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous to the health.

Is it hard to win an asbestos case?

The success rates of settlements regarding asbestos exposure injury are quite high. It may be necessary to prove that occupational exposure is the primary cause of lung cancer or mesothelioma, though this is the job of The Lyon Firm, and we have experience in reaching large mesothelioma settlements.

Why Hire the Lyon Firm

Our Firm will help you find the answers. The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience: Joe Lyon is an experienced  Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 19 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Asbestos lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure asbestos settlements.

Your Right to Safety

Statute of Limitations for Asbestos Cases

Asbestos can be found in factories, warehouses, hospitals, schools, homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military installations. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Thousands of American workers are still exposed to asbestos each year. 

Mesothelioma is a serious illness that has been linked to asbestos exposure in medical literature. It is estimated that there will be thousands of new cases due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)