For decades, SPX Cooling Technologies, its associated companies, and its brand names have been a leading force in producing equipment for the HVAC industry. 

Historically, many HVAC manufacturers used asbestos in their products due to its heat-resistant properties. Exposure to asbestos can result in mesothelioma, in addition to other diseases and illnesses.

SPX may be known by several other brand names, including:

  • Marley Cooling Technologies
  • Marley
  • SPX Technologies/SPX Corporation
  • SGS
  • Recold
  • Balcke
  • Ceramic

For individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, trust funds have been set up in order to provide compensation for their condition. In some cases, legal action can also be pursued directly against companies who employed individuals who were directly exposed to asbestos. Families of loved ones who died from mesothelioma may also be entitled to compensation for their loss.

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Associated Industry & Occupations

SPX Cooling Tech is a leading provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. The parent company, SPX Technologies (formerly known as SPX Corporation) operates in 14 countries around the world.

Asbestos was typically used in many manufacturing and building processes due to its unique qualities. For example, asbestos is extremely heat-resistant, which made it an ideal choice for construction projects. It is also extremely strong and very durable. 

However, the qualities of asbestos are outweighed by the lethal risk it poses to human health. Asbestos exposure is the main cause of mesothelioma, and it can also cause lung cancer and other diseases. 

HVAC technicians were historically at risk because of these construction practices, but even today’s HVAC employees can find themselves in danger. If a HVAC technician is working in a building constructed before 1980, asbestos fibers may have settled in the area in which they are working. Making repairs or installing new equipment in an old building could disturb these fibers and result in exposure to asbestos.

Level Of Risk For HVAC Technicians From Asbestos Exposure

HVAC technicians and related occupations are considered medium-risk in relation to asbestos exposure. The level of risk can vary depending on the project a technician is working on – factors which influence the potential dangers include the age of a worksite, its location, and the type of building. 

A 2017 article studied asbestosis deaths from 1970 to 2014 in the United States. The data showed that HVAC technicians were over four time more likely to die of asbestosis than the general population. Asbestosis is a progress respiratory disease caused by exposure to asbestos.

Products Made By SPX Cooling Technologies

SPX Cooling Technologies is known for several product and equipment lines which service the HVAC, process cooling, industrial, and refrigeration markets. These product lines include:

  • Marley Crossflow Cooling Towers (e.g. NC Everest Cooling Tower)
  • Recold Fluid Coolers and Evaporative Condensers
  • Marley Components
  • Marley ClearSky Plume Abatement System 
  • Marley Counterflow Cooling Towers (e.g. MD Everest Cooling Tower)
  • Marley Field-Erected Cooling Towers

SPX Technologies Divests Legacy Asbestos Liabilities [November 2022]

Gay v. A.O. Smith Corp. [June 2021]

Viale v. Air & Liquid Sys. Corp [July 2020]

Ricks v. Armstrong Int’l, Inc. [June 2014]

McGhee v. SPX Cooling Techs., Inc. (In re: Asbestos Litig.) [June 2012]

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Written by Richard Stewart

Writer, Content Coordinator and Outreach Director

Richard Stewart is a writer, content coordinator and outreach director with over 12 years of experience covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma, and treatment options. He is passionate about spreading awareness for asbestos and mesothelioma and helping victims find the information and resources they need online.

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