Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
Owens Corning is responsible for products branded Kaylo from 1952 until 1973. Kaylo was an asbestos insulation product line that Owens-Corning distributed for Owens-Illinois from 1952 to 1958. In 1958 they purchased the rights to manufacture the product line, and Owens-Illinois responsibility for the product line ended.
The Kaylo brand of pipe insulation was meant for use in high-temperature situations. Kaylo was designed for use where pipe temperatures of 200◦ to 1200◦ were anticipated. This meant that it was installed in many boiler rooms for large complexes like hospitals and airports. Piping for ships, power plants, petrochemical facilities had miles of pipes insulated with Kaylo brand material. The range of occupations where exposure to Kaylo pipe insulation is lengthy, including Stationary Engineers, Boiler workers, Pipefitters, and Welders.
The above ™ Logo was filed in Canada on in July 25, 1958 by the Owen-Corning Fiberglas Corporation of Toledo, Ohio. The registration documents describe the Kaylo product line as pipe insulation and blocks or slabs of insulating material.
Owens-Corning removed asbestos from the Kaylo line of products in 1972 by which time it was already too late. Kaylo products had been installed in thousands of locations and people working with the materials were still being exposed. Insulation was stripped off pipes on a regular basis to perform repairs to the underlying pipes. The insulation was entirely replaced by adding some additional cement or patched with alternative material which more than likely also contained asbestos.
Owens-Corning Canada Incorporated had manufacturing facilities in Edmonton, Alberta; Sarnia and Toronto, Ontario as well as Montreal, Quebec. These locations manufactured products that incorporated raw asbestos into Kaylo products that were distributed in Canada.
Almost a thousand ships are known to have had Kaylo insulation installed. Some of these ships are still in use today. Regulations permit the insulation to stay provided it is encapsulated and warning signs are posted.
Owens-Corning purchased another asbestos insulation manufacturer, Fibreboard, in 1997 and subsequently both companies filed for bankruptcy in 2000 due to the volume of asbestos claims. The company survived bankruptcy by establishing a claims fund to funnel their asbestos liability and compensate victims.
The Owens-Corning Fibreboard Asbestos Compensation Trust opened in 2007 to pay claims relating to exposure to asbestos containing products manufactured or distributed by Owens-Corning or Fibreboard. The trust has almost $5 Billion in capital to fund claims for years into the future.
Owens-Corning is responsible if Kaylo asbestos products caused you or a loved one to have an asbestos diseases stemming from exposure between 1952 and 1982.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact us if you wish to discuss a claim for compensation.