The A.P. Green (APG) Industry designed firebricks, also called refractory bricks, to be used in environments that reached temperatures up to 1,000 degrees, including kilns, boilers, fireplaces, furnaces and fireboxes. Asbestos was added to APG Industries products to ensure the bricks were heat and fire-resistant.

The company, which opened in the 1910s, thrived through World War I and II and expanded as the demand for refractory products for warship boilers grew. Despite the known dangers of asbestos, APG Industries used the dangerous mineral in its products through 1973. Many of the APG refractory products remain in aging machinery today.

APG Industries Asbestos Job Sites and Occupations

In 2019, the APG Industries trust designated 9,002 sites across the United States where APG Industries products were made or used.

Individuals must have worked at a job site where APG products were used or made to file a successful APG Industries trust claim. The sites include steel companies, cotton mills, military installations and dozens of APG Industries factories.

The trust also designates 664 occupations that have known exposure to APG Industries asbestos-containing products, including boiler room operator, construction crew, drill press operator, kiln worker, steelworker, shipyard laborer and welder.

Anyone exposed to A.P. Green Industries refractory products and has developed an asbestos disease may be eligible for trust compensation. Contact us today to speak with an attorney who specializes in asbestos trusts.

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APG Industries Asbestos-Containing Products

APG Industries factory workers used clay and asbestos to create fire-resistant bricks that are used in high-heat areas. Of the 1,200 products the company manufactured, 22 contained asbestos. Workers in the APG Industries plants, their families and those who lived near the plants were susceptible to asbestos exposure.

APG Industries asbestos-containing products include:

  • SK-7 Cement (produced 1953-1972 with 2.3% asbestos). Used primarily in boilers, ovens and furnaces for shipbuilding and roofing.
  • Castable Block Mix (produced 1950 to 1972 with 7.8% asbestos)
  • Kast-O-Lite Gunning Refractory (produced 1956 to 1972 with 1% asbestos)
  • Green PC (produced through the early 1970s with 1% asbestos)
  • Insulation adhesive (produced 1947 to 1972 with 15.5% asbestos)
  • Insulation coating (produced 1948 to 1971 with 6.5% to 18% asbestos)
  • Insulating cement (produced 1948 to 1971 with 3.5% to 9% asbestos)

Other APG Industries asbestos-containing products:

  • Mizzou GR gunning refractory
  • Greencast
  • Dropsy Fry
  • Therm-O-Flake Block Insulation
  • Therm-O-Flake Flake Coating
  • Loose wool insulation
  • Steelplant castable

APG Financial Compensation

The Yarway trust recognizes seven asbestos-related diseases and pays claims on a first-in, first-out (FIFO) basis.

APG Industries operated as an independent company until USG acquired the company in 1967. The USG trust was created in 2006, partially as a result of APG asbestos-related claims. The USG trust pays APG claims from injuries that happened before Jan. 2, 1968.

In 2002, APG Industries filed for bankruptcy due to overwhelming asbestos litigation. The trust began accepting claims on Dec. 2, 2013. The deadline for filing an asbestos claim for a diagnosis before 2002 was Sept. 6, 2017.

USG Claims Payments

USG opened its trust with $4 billion to pay USG and APG claims. USG and APG Industries identified seven disease levels that may be eligible for compensation. USG/APG claimants can choose an expedited or individual review:

USG Expedited Review: 

    • Provides faster access to funds that can be essential for treatment or living expenses
    • Settlement amounts are predetermined based on a schedule of values:
    Disease  Scheduled Value
    Mesothelioma (Level VII) $155,000
    Lung Cancer 1 (Level VI) $45,000
    Lung Cancer 2 (level V) None
    Other Cancer (Level IV) $15,000
    Severe Asbestosis (Level III) $30,000
    Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level II) $8,300
    Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level I) $2,750

USG Individual Review

    • Can provide larger settlement, but determination can take months
    Disease  Scheduled Value
    Mesothelioma (Level VII)

    Average value: $225,000

    Maximum value: $450,000

    Lung Cancer I (Level VII)

    Average value: $55,000

    Maximum value: $100,00

    Lung Cancer 2 (Level VI)

    Average value: $15,000

    Maximum value: $35,000

    Other Cancer (Level V)

    Average value: $15,000

    Maximum value: $35,000

    Severe Asbestosis (Level IV)

    Average value: $35,000

    Maximum value: $50,000

    Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level III)

    Average value: None

    Maximum value: None

    Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level II)

    Average value: None

    Maximum value: None


APG Industries Claims Payments

The APG Industries Asbestos Trust was created with $901 million and began accepting claims in December 2013. Claimants diagnosed before 2002 were required to file a claim before September 2017. Claimants diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease after 2002 must file a claim within three years of a diagnosis.

APG Expedited Review: 

    • Provides faster access to funds that can be essential for treatment or living expenses
    • Settlement amounts are predetermined based on a schedule of values:
    Disease  Scheduled Value
    Mesothelioma (Level VII) $130,000
    Lung Cancer 1 (Level VI) $47,000
    Lung Cancer 2 (level V) None
    Other Cancer (Level IV) $22,000
    Severe Asbestosis (Level III) $22,000
    Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level II) $8,300
    Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level I) $2,750

APG Individual Review 

    • APG Industries individual reviews are reserved for all disease levels except Lung Cancer 2 (Level V)
    • APG Individual Review claims may provide larger settlement, but a final decision can take months
    • Individual reviews are reserved for claimants with exceptional circumstances:
      • Rejected for an expedited reviewe
      • Seeking larger compensation amounts
      • Secondary asbestos exposure
      • Immediate financial hardship
      • Canadian claims (also called foreign claims)

    To learn more about your options regarding asbestos exposure, including exposure to APG Industry products, contact us today.

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