Founded by brothers Herman and George R. Brown in 1942 in Houston, Texas, the Brown Shipbuilding Company was a subsidiary of Brown & Root. It built ships for the United States Navy during World War II. Brown Shipbuilding Co. produced nearly 350 vessels by the end of WW II.
Brown Shipbuilding was formed with $9 million dollars of Navy funding. Lacking any shipbuilding experience, the brothers were assisted by the U.S. Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. Brown produced 61 destroyer escorts between May 1943 and August 1944, averaging one ship per week. It expanded its production to include destroyer escorts and amphibious assault craft.
Following WW II, Brown Shipbuilding transferred hands, and was sold to Todd Houston Shipbuilding Company. Brown & Root once again reopened the shipyard for barge construction and repair when Todd Houston closed its operations in 1985.
Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) was formed in 1998 when the M.W. Kellogg Co. merged with Brown & Root, now a construction subsidiary of Halliburton. As Brown & Root, and later as KBR, the company continued its history of U.S. military contracts through WW II, through the Vietnam War and during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2004, the Brown Shipbuilding shipyard was parted-out and sold to a number of different buyers.
Brown Shipbuilding Co. employed more than 25,000 skilled workers at the height of production during WW II. As with others of the Greatest Generation, both men and women dedicated themselves to the war effort through their work at shipyards across the nation, including Brown Shipbuilding in Houston.
Many of the workers during this period were exposed to asbestos, which was used in nearly all WW II era ship construction. Asbestos was used in electrical installations, boiler rooms, piping and as insulating material. Workers in these areas were routinely exposed to asbestos.
Individuals who worked at the Brown Shipbuilding Co. were subject to asbestos exposure. It may take decades for the symptoms of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer to develop.
Scarring of the lungs, difficulty in breathing, and other asbestos-related respiratory symptoms ordinarily develop over a long period of time. Early detection is a vital to quality of life, and fully employing the medical and legal options available to those who worked at Brown Shipbuilding shipyard.
If you or someone you love was exposed to asbestos while working for Brown Shipbuilding Company in Houston, and contracted mesothelioma or another disease related to asbestos exposure, let us advise you as to your legal rights as a mesothelioma victim. You may be entitled to compensation.
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