Asbestos is the main culprit for the 460 deaths on Iowa’s record books from 1979 and 1999. Because Iowa is principally known to be a state where farming is the main industry, the number of Mesothelioma caused deaths are not as high as in other states, but the fact remains that 80 percent of those deaths were brought on by Asbestos.


Cities in Iowa: Exposed to Asbestos

If you or anyone you know has ever lived and or worked, in any of the following cities, there is a likelihood that you might have been unknowingly unprotected and therefore your health detrimentally affected. Because Asbestos is known to be a cause of Mesothelioma, by clicking on the cities below you can find out which factories or companies you or a loved one may have been connected to any way shape or form to Asbestos.

Cedar Rapids

Des Moines
Fort Dodge
Fort Madison
Iowa City

Sioux City

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Iowa’s connection to Asbestos

Going back 10—25 years ago, Asbestos was frequently used for insulation meant to be fire-retardant. It was most commonly place within fire doors or places that involved high level heat and or steam generators. Inevitably, the majority of legal suits involving asbestos disease which have been filed in the state of Iowa, came from the labor force that worked at such fire generating mills or refineries. These were mainly found either within, or nearby Iowa’s chief cities mentioned below.

  • Alliant Power Stack
  • Duane Arnold Alliant Energy
  • Iowa Light & Power
  • Iowa Power and Light
  • Sioux City Coal and Gas
  • Storm Lake Power Plant Tipton Power Plant

Two of the chief Chemical manufacturers in Iowa are, USI and Irwin Chemical Company. The common factor is the substance, which is deeply involved in causing mesothelioma. It’s asbestos known as “blue” crocidolite, which happens to be a form of that which is resistant to caustic and corrosive chemicals.


Asbestos in Agriculture?

Asbestos is not usually a hazard in farm industry. However, the buildings in which farm equipment is housed and repaired frequently contain asbestos materials. In addition, asbestos-containing material are used in gaskets & brakes. Although asbestos exposure can result from the process of plowing and digging, Iowa is geologically inactive and has no deposits naturally.



The largest number of asbestos-related losses recorded in the Des Moines metro area, have been recently in a period over twenty years. The lowest exposure rates were found in the rural counties such as Calhoun, Crawford, Grundy, Monroe, Sioux, Washington, and Winneshiek.


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Work sites known for Asbestos Exposure

Below is a comprehensive list of companies, operating in Iowa, that have had known cases of Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, Pericardial Mesothelioma, or Testicular Mesothelioma. Workers who were employed at any of these companies may have been subjected to life threatening levels of Asbestos.

Companies in alphabetical order:

• A T & T Company
• Ag Processing Incorporated
• Aluminum Comp. of America
• Berkley & Company
• Board of Control State Institutions
• Cargill, Inc.
• Cargill-Eddyville Corn Milling
• Carnation Company
• Cedar Falls Municipal Utilities
• Cedar Falls Paper Manufacturing Comp.
• Council Bluffs Powerhouse
• Corn Belt Power Cooperative
• Crystal Heating & Plumbing
• Davenport Works
• Eddyville Powerhouse
• Executive Council of Iowa
• George Neal Station

• Griffin Pipe
• Hawkeye Laundry Company
• Iowa Electric Light & Power
• Iowa Public Service Comp.
• Iowa Public Service Station
• Iowa Southern Utilities Comp.
• Iowa State Hospital
• Iron Public Service
• John Neff Cedar Falls Paper Comp.
• Marshall Canning Comp.
• Maytag Company
• Mental Health Institute
• Mid-american Energy Company
• Midwest Power
• Municipal Electric Utilities
• Municipal Light & Power Company
• Municipal Power Plan

• Northwestern Construction Comp.
• Oscar Mayer & Company
• Osmundson Manufacturing Comp.
• Perry Packing Company
• Power Plant
• Power Service Corp ity of Spencer
• Quinn Wire & Iron Company
• Sage Facilities
• Spencer Veneer Products
• Terra Chemical International
• Tipton Power Plant
• Union Pacific Railroad Comp.
• University of Northern Iowa
• Van Camp Packing Comp.
• Wabash Power
• Wiese Corp
• Wolf Creek Generating Station

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Iowa’s Mesothelioma Cancer Centers


If you have worked at or are currently employed at any of these companies and suspect, you maybe have been subjected to unsafe amounts of asbestos we are here to help! We have compiled a list of what we believe to be The Top Ten Mesothelioma Cancer Centers across the country.

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