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A.W. Chesterton Company

A.W. Chesterton Company–Company History

As a family business, A.W. Chesterton Company stands proud behind over 125 years of history as a partner with numerous customers across a wide array of industries. Founded by A.W. Chesterton in 1884, the A.W. Chesterton Company originated on the Boston waterfront selling steamboat and engineer’s supplies. Eager to grow the business, Chesterton purchased Ingall’s Boiler Cleaners and Scrapers in 1905. With this acquisition, Chesterton not only obtained a company, but a national sales network that would pave a path to becoming a distributor. The late 1920s marked the ability of A.W. Chesterton to manufacture its own brand of mechanical packing. A new generation of Chestertons guided the company through the Great Depression and led the way for the expansion of its product line into Canada, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Mexico by the late 1940s. By the 1950s, A.W. Chesterton achieved the status of a retailer with a global presence. The 1960s through the 1990s were years of significant growth marked by a focus on customer support and the production of new products, including lubricants, cleaners, sealants, and split seals. After a period of downsizing, the company restructured in 2002 under five business segments that the company maintains today: Advanced Reinforced Composites (ARC), Mechanical Packing, Hydraulic Seals, Mechanical Seals, and Technical Products. A.W. Chesterton continues to uphold the vision of its founder by pursuing a commitment to the success of its customers through an offering of innovative and high quality products aimed at increasing reliability, efficiency, and compliance within each industry served. A.W. Chesterton Company manufactures industrial fluid sealing, engineered polymer solutions, ARC composite coatings, and maintenance products. It offers mechanical seals and packing, gaskets, hydraulic/pneumatic products, cleaners, assembly and disassembly lubricants, and metal working fluids. The company’s ARC composite materials are used to protect and improve performance in environments, such as chemical attack, corrosion, abrasion, and erosion. In addition, it provides technical services and training programs. The company serves pulp and paper, wastewater, and water industries. A.W. Chesterton sells its products through a network of distributors in the United States and internationally.

Products Manufactured by A.W. Chesterton Company that Contained Asbestos

Industrial sealing products—from mechanical packing seals to gaskets and gasket materials and tapes—were a main product line of the A.W. Chesterton company. A key component of these sealing products was asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous mineral widely used in industrial operations prior to the 1980s because of its combined attributes of low cost and high resistance to heat and corrosion. Catalogs produced by A.W. Chesterton, with copyrights up until the early 1980s, clearly identify the incorporation of asbestos into its products and cite the benefits of its properties: strength, flexibility, resilience, and resistance to chemicals, acid, and high temperatures.

Among the products produced by A.W. Chesterton Company that contained asbestos include, but are not limited to:

  • Chesterton Graphite Tape Packing
  • Chesterton Style 1724 Super-Lon
  • Chesterton Style 324 Super-Lon
  • Chesterton Style 1000
  • Chesterton Style 1500-Power Plant Packing
  • Chesterton Style 64
  • Chesterton Style 364-T
  • Chesterton Style 350
  • Chesterton Style 5010
  • Chesterton Valvelon
  • Chesterton Super-Valvelon
  • Chesterton Style One Super-Graphite
  • Chesterton Style 375 (Graphite Packing)
  • Chesterton Style 370 (Multi-Service Packing)
  • Chesterton Style 326
  • Chesterton Styles 200/201 (Universal Packing)
  • Chesterton Style 1722 White-Lon (Multi-Service Packing)
  • Chesterton Style 322 White-Lon (Multi-Service Packing)
  • Chesterton Style 328 (Centrifugal Pump Packing for All Chemicals)
  • Chesterton Style 320 (Blu-Lon Acid Packing)
  • Chesterton Style 1725 (Food Process Packing)
  • Chesterton Style 555
  • Chesterton Styles 1735/1729/329
  • Chesterton Style 315/1715
  • Chesterton Style 330/1730
  • Chesterton Style 300
  • Chesterton Flaxes-Styles 80/81/82/84/85/87
  • Chesterton Style 666
  • Chesterton Style 550
  • Chesterton Styles 325/382
  • Chesterton Style 211
  • Chesterton Style 281
  • Chesterton Style 270
  • Chesterton Style 235
  • Chesterton Style 225 Chesco Sheet
  • Chesterton Style 260
  • Chesterton Style 2000
  • Chesterton Styles 120, 122-NN
  • Chesterton Style 124
  • Chesterton Style 119
  • Chesterton Style 100
  • Chesterton Styles 140, 145
  • Chesterton Style 292-Asbestos Wick
  • Chesterton Style 294-Candle Wick
  • Chesterton Style 296-Asbestos Rope
  • Chesterton Styles 290, 291-N (Gasket Tapes)
  • Chesterton Styles 250, 251

Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

A.W. Chesterton served a wide variety of industries at the time it was incorporating asbestos into the products it was manufacturing and distributing. As a result, numerous individuals were potentially exposed to an increased risk of an asbestos-related lung disease like mesothelioma. A.W. Chesterton sold products to the following industries placing those employed by these industries at risk for asbestos exposure:

  • Chemical Processing
  • Commercial Water
  • Food and Beverage
  • General Manufacturing
  • Hydrocarbon Processing
  • Hydroelectric Power
  • Marine
  • Mineral and Ore Processing
  • Mining
  • Nuclear Power
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Steel
  • Water and Wastewater

If you or someone you know was employed in one of the above industries where asbestos-containing products were in use, it is important to be aware of the risk factors that determine how asbestos exposure may impact your health. Various risk factors include exposure concentration, duration, frequency, size and chemical makeup of asbestos fibers, and individual risk factors (e.g., tobacco use, pre-existing conditions).

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