The United States Mineral Products Company manufactured fireproofing materials for the construction and defense industries. As the company expanded its product line from the 1950s through the 1970s, asbestos was added to increase fire and heat resistance.

The United States Mineral Products Company, which started operations in 1875 as the U.S. Mineral Wool Company, diversified its product line through the 1970s to include fireproofing coatings and sprays, sound shields and turbine insulation.

Today, United States Mineral Products Company continues to manufacture items branded under the names CAFCO in the United States and Isolatek International around the world. Currently, the company does not use asbestos in any products.

United States Mineral Products Company Lawsuits

Beginning in the 1980s, United States Mineral Products Company was named in asbestos liability lawsuits. By the time the company filed for bankruptcy in 2001, thousands of claims had been filed.

Many of the claims stemmed from the use of CAFCO asbestos-containing products, including in the World Trade Center during construction in the 1970s. In one lawsuit, John Maiorana, a New York sheet metal worker, developed colon cancer after using asbestos-containing CAFCO products during the World Trade Center construction. The United States Mineral Products Company was found 50% liable for the illness, and his widow was awarded $3.31 million.

When the World Trade Center buildings were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, tons of asbestos particles were released into the air from the debris. Scores of first responders, cleanup crews and local residents were exposed to asbestos.

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United States Mineral Products Company Business and Products

The United States Mineral Products Company opened in New Jersey producing mineral wool – a generic term used for fibrous substances made from minerals (like rock) or mineral products (like glass). In the early 1900s, the company was the leading manufacturer of mineral wool nationwide.

As the company expanded its product line, it increasingly used asbestos in its fireproofing materials. United States Mineral Products Company items were extensively used in the construction and national defense industries and were sold under a variety of names depending on the sales locations.

The company began using asbestos in 1954 and stopped by 1972. Some of the common asbestos-containing CAFCO items manufactured by the United States Mineral Products Company include:

  • Blaze Shield Fireproofing
  • Blaze Shield Type D
  • Cominco All-Purpose Insulating Cement
  • Cominco Mono-Ply Insulating Cement
  • Fireproofing/Acoustical Spray
  • Heat Shield Fireproofing
  • Patching Fiber
  • Power Shield Fireproofing
  • Sound-Shield
  • J Spray
  • Blaze‐Shield Patching Fiberl
  • Blaze‐Shield Type
  • Weather‐Shield
  • Monopoly

As of 2013, the trust has named 1,729 sites nationwide where United States Mineral Products Company asbestos exposure is possible. Some of the noteworthy locations include:

  • Hospitals (including Albany Medical Center in New York; Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania; Charleston General Hospital in West Virginia; and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago)
  • Schools (including Albert Einstein School in Chicago; Aliquippa High School in Pennsylvania; Boston University Nursing School; and Brandeis University in Massachusetts)
  • Sporting venues (including Blue Hill Sports Arena in Massachusetts)
  • Stores (including Caldor stores in Connecticut and New York; Filenes in Massachusetts; Fortunoff’s in New York; and JCPenney in California, Wisconsin and Ohio)
  • Public gathering spots (including Disney World in Florida; Greyhound Bus Terminal in New York; Kennedy Airport in New York; and Museum of Science in Massachusetts)

United States Mineral Products Company Asbestos Claims Payouts

The United States Mineral Products Company identified three diseases that qualify for compensation through the trust. Most asbestos-injury trusts recognize six or seven diseases associated with asbestos exposure.

The following are the only acceptable diseases under the United States Mineral Products Company trust:

Mesothelioma

(Disease Level III)
Scheduled Value: $10,000
Medical/Exposure Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma
  • Credible evidence of United States Mineral Products Company exposure, which includes proof via physician’s examination and laboratory testing (including X-rays, CT scans or biopsies)

Lung Cancer

(Disease Level II)
Scheduled Value: $4,000
Medical/Exposure Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of primary lung cancer plus evidence of bilateral asbestos-related nonmalignant disease
  • Evidence of four months of United States Mineral Products Company exposure
  • Significant occupational exposure
  • Supporting medical evidence

Other Asbestos Diseases

(Level I)
Scheduled Value: $500
Medical/Exposure Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of colorectal, laryngeal, esophageal, pharyngeal or stomach cancer
  • Evidence of bilateral asbestos-related nonmalignant disease
  • Evidence of four months of United States Mineral Products Company exposure
  • Supporting medical documentation .

Like other asbestos bankruptcy trusts, the United States Mineral Products Company Trust limits the amount of compensation to claimants by only paying a fraction of the scheduled values to ensure there are enough funds for all future claims. In 2014, the trust increased the payment percentage from 12.5% to 14%. In January 2019, the trust announced an increase to 30%, providing compensation as follows:

Disease Compensation
Mesothelioma (Disease Level III): $3,000
Lung Cancer (Disease Level II): $1,2000
Other Cancer (Disease Level I): $150

On October 15, 2019, the trust announced a “lack of funding” and postponed payments. The payments were made on October 18 and 22 instead.


Filing a Claim Against The United States Mineral Products Company Asbestos Trust Fund

Like other asbestos trust funds, the United States Mineral Products Company trust has specific directions to file a claim. Claimants are expected to provide documentation that proves the illness and exposure to United States Mineral Products Company asbestos, among other requirements.

Attorneys who specialize in asbestos-trust settlements help claimants get the financial compensation they deserve.  Contact our legal experts today to find out more information.

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