Longview, WA

Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill

The Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill began operations in Longview, Washington in 1931.  On the banks of the Columbia River just two miles downstream of the Lewis and Clark Bridge, the mill is situated close to the intersection of Washington Way and Industrial Way.  Weyerhaeuser/NORPAC produces many different paper products, including newsprint, fine papers, paperboard and corrugating medium.  The products are made using de-ink, bleached kraft and thermomechanical processes.  The mill also has a section devoted to lumber products manufacturing.

Workers in paper mills from the 1940s to the 1970s are afflicted at a disproportionate rate with asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.  Machinists at the mills were exposed to the asbestos contained in pipe covering and boiler insulation, packing for pumps and valves and fire retardant blankets.  Paperworkers were exposed to the asbestos contained in the giant dryer felts formerly used to make paper.

The workers had no idea that the asbestos they worked with and around was dangerous.  Asbestos is known to be the cause of a number of serious diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.  Mesothelioma is a devastating cancer with an extremely long latency period.  Its symptoms do not manifest themselves for decades after a person’s initial exposure to asbestos.  By that time, the cancer has usually progressed to a later stage that is more difficult to treat. 

Bergman Draper & Frockt has successfully represented many former workers from the Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill.  Our lawyers are familiar with the plant’s operation and the use of asbestos there.  If you would like to speak to a lawyer about possible asbestos exposure at Weyerhaeuser or about any other issue concerning mesothelioma or a mesothelioma lawsuit, click here