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Chalkeyfinder
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 9:53 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi all..I'm new to the forum for an important purpose. I'm looking for anyone who may have worked at the Bower Roller Bearing/Federal Mogul plant in Detroit. Specifically from 1956-73. My search is on behalf of a family who lost their loved one to asbestos cancer.
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Livernoisyard
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Post Number: 5684
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 10:53 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So, somebody is now probably going to blame cancer on Federal Mogul?

FM unwisely purchased a company that had asbestos-related liabilities, and that purchase bankrupted FM as a result. But FM didn't do it on its own--or if it too had that type of liability, it was minor in comparison.
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Chalkeyfinder
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:32 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not so...just looking for somebody with knowledge of who's asbestos was inside and if anybody knew this gentleman.
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Livernoisyard
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Post Number: 5687
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 12:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The asbestos that bankrupted FM probably wasn't anywhere in any of FM's older plants because it was a fairly recent, subsequent purchase of another firm that caused FM's demise. [Be careful what what you buy--and inherit...]

I brought this out because your cancer remark probably was included for some reason.
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Spiritofdetroit
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 12:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

because it was a result of asbestos in a FM owned facility..... not hard to follow LY.

I know personally of the great stress that the asbestos situation put on FM...It really crushed what was a solid company, and I am glad to see it rebounding a bit now.
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Chalkeyfinder
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 12:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for your opinion but Federal Mogul's website says they merged with Bower in 1955 and most industrial sites back in that era contained a lot of asbestos. I can tell you know quite a bit about FM and I'm not trying to get into a debate with you. Just trying to help this man's family.
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Livernoisyard
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 12:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.federal-mogul.com/e n/Investors/FinancialRestructu ring/ReferenceMaterial/Asbesto sPrimer
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Chalkeyfinder
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 12:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just to give everyone a bit more information, this family is not trying to blame FM for causing all types of cancer. This gentleman died from mesothelioma. They only medically accepted cause is asbestos.
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Chalkeyfinder
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Post Number: 6
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 12:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Also, this is not a direct attack on FM. It's simply for information about which manufacturers had their products inside the plant and if anyone remembers Mr. Chalkey

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