Written By:
Last Modified January 26, 2022
This page features 8 Cited Research Articles
Fact Checked
Our fact-checking process begins with a thorough review of all sources to ensure they are high quality. Then we cross-check the facts with original medical or scientific reports published by those sources, or we validate the facts with reputable news organizations, medical and scientific experts and other health experts. Each page includes all sources for full transparency.
Reviewed

Asbestos.com is the nation’s most trusted mesothelioma resource

The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com has provided patients and their loved ones the most updated and reliable information on mesothelioma and asbestos exposure since 2006.

Our team of Patient Advocates includes a medical doctor, a registered nurse, health services administrators, veterans, VA-accredited Claims Agents, an oncology patient navigator and hospice care expert. Their combined expertise means we help any mesothelioma patient or loved one through every step of their cancer journey.

More than 30 contributors, including mesothelioma doctors, survivors, health care professionals and other experts, have peer-reviewed our website and written unique research-driven articles to ensure you get the highest-quality medical and health information.

About The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com

  • Assisting mesothelioma patients and their loved ones since 2006.
  • Helps more than 50% of mesothelioma patients diagnosed annually in the U.S.
  • A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
  • 5-star reviewed mesothelioma and support organization.
Learn More About Us

Testimonials

"My family has only the highest compliment for the assistance and support that we received from The Mesothelioma Center. This is a staff of compassionate and knowledgeable individuals who respect what your family is experiencing and who go the extra mile to make an unfortunate diagnosis less stressful. Information and assistance were provided by The Mesothelioma Center at no cost to our family."
Lashawn
Mesothelioma patient’s daughter
  • Google Review Rating
  • BBB Review Rating
Read Our Testimonials
Quick Facts About Leslie Controls, Inc.
  • Founded:
    1900
  • Years Operated:
    1900 - present
  • Headquarters:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Business:
    High pressure valves
  • Asbestos Trust:
    Yes
  • Bankruptcy Status:
    Filed July 12, 2010. Reorganization confirmed Jan. 10, 2011

Leslie Controls’ History with Asbestos

Leslie Controls has manufactured control valves for more than 100 years. Leslie’s pumps, gaskets, pipe parts and steam valves were manufactured with asbestos. During World War I and World War II, Leslie provided control valves for U.S. Navy ships.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known for its resistance to heat, which helped to fireproof Leslie’s products. Unfortunately, exposure to the mineral causes a variety of health issues, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Leslie employees who worked in the manufacturing plants where these products were made faced dangerous levels of asbestos exposure. Workers and veterans who handled Leslie’s products were also at risk of exposure that could lead to health consequences.

Today, Leslie is a subsidiary of CIRCOR. Leslie’s products are used in commercial and military marine equipment, oil and gas refining, petrochemical production, power generation, HVAC services and plumbing.

Leslie is now based in Tampa, Florida, where it operates a 150,000-square-foot facility. It continues to produce control valves in addition to actuators, air whistles, regulators and steam water heaters.

In November 2021, the division of Leslie Controls that manufactures train horns was acquired by Florida-based HornBlasters, a market leader in train horn applications.

Leslie Controls Asbestos Trust

Like many other companies that manufactured asbestos products, Leslie filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010 under the weight of asbestos personal injury claims. The majority of those claims stemmed from exposure on U.S. Navy ships from 1940 through the 1980s.

As part of the bankruptcy reorganization plan, a trust was created to process, liquidate and pay future claims, allowing Leslie to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

The Leslie Controls Asbestos Personal Injury Trust was established in 2011 with an estimated $75 million. The initial payment percentage was set at 40%. On May 20, 2014, the percentage was set to 5%.

The trust requires that claimants submit a claim within three years of being diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

Mesothelioma patient and wife reading financial aid guide
Exposed to Asbestos at Leslie Controls, Inc.?
Gain access to trust funds, grants and other forms of compensation for you or your loved ones.

Asbestos Litigation Involving Leslie Controls

Leslie faced thousands of lawsuits filed by its employees who manufactured asbestos valves and by veterans and workers who handled Leslie’s valves in their occupation.

Before bankruptcy filing, Leslie had mixed outcomes in liability cases.

In Merrill v. Leslie Controls, Inc., a U.S. Navy veteran claimed he developed mesothelioma after working with Leslie’s gaskets and valves. He was awarded $1.2 million. Two years later, a district court of appeals reversed the original ruling.

Leslie Controls’ Asbestos Products & Workers at Risk

Leslie’s asbestos-containing products include:

  • Control valves
  • Regulators
  • Steam water heaters
  • Actuators and controls
  • Insulation
  • Pipes
  • Gaskets
  • Packing

Leslie employees who manufactured these asbestos products faced the highest levels of asbestos exposure. Workers and veterans who handled Leslie’s control valves were also at high risk of exposure.

Occupations at risk of working with Leslie valves include:

  • Water treatment plant workers
  • Power plant workers
  • Chemical plant workers
  • Oil or gas refinery workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Plumbers
  • HVAC workers
  • Marines
  • Boiler workers
  • Industrial workers
  • Factory workers
  • Insulators
  • Machinists

Veterans who served aboard ships were at risk of exposure to the asbestos in Leslie’s valves. The poor ventilation and close quarters inside ships and submarines meant anyone aboard was at risk of asbestos exposure. Veterans who worked in the engine, boiler or pump rooms may have directly handled Leslie’s valves.

A 2018 study reported higher rates of mesothelioma among Navy veterans who worked as boiler technicians, machinist’s mates, pipefitters, firemen and water tenders. These occupations were performed by only 20% of Navy enlistees, but they accounted for 55% of all mesothelioma deaths within that population.


Get Free Recipes for Mesothelioma Patients
Mesothelioma packet from the Mesothelioma Center
Read the Top Mesothelioma Guide for Free
Get the Compensation You Deserve

  •  
  •  
  •  
Tell us what you think
Did this article help you?
How did this article help you?
What about this article isn’t helpful for you?
Did this article help you?

Thank you for your feedback. Would you like to speak with a Patient Advocate?