Paul N. Howell founded a small San Antonio-based crude oil refinery in the mid-1950s named Howell Hydrocarbons. In 1991, Howell Hydrocarbons and Chemicals, Inc. in Houston consolidated its operations, relocating its specialty fuels operations to Channelview, Texas, outside of Houston. The newly formed company was named Specified Fuels and Chemicals.
Specified Fuels has a rather complex corporate and ownership history, changing hands and identities throughout the years. Historically, Howell Hydrocarbons, Specified Fuels & Chemicals, and Haltermann Products are three company names under which the parent company, Haltermann Solutions has been operating.
In 1963, Haltermann Solutions, known as Howell Hydrocarbons at the time, began actively selling and marketing test fuels at its Channelview location.
In 1991, Howell Hydrocarbons and Chemicals, Inc. consolidated its operations, relocating specialty fuel operations from its San Antonio-based refinery to its plant in Channelview. Operating since the mid-1950s, the San Antonio facility was a small crude oil refinery that was in need of “defensive environmental expenditures” and capital improvements to meet current criteria.
In February 2008, Monument Chemicals acquired Haltermann Solutions (then Johann Haltermann, Ltd.) from Dow Chemical Company. In 2010, the Haltermann Products name was changed to Haltermann Solutions in an effort to rebrand the company.
The dangers of highly flammable petroleum and its risk of fire-related explosions make oil refinery jobs inherently dangerous. Prior to the 1970s when the risks and dangers of asbestos use in the workplace became known, the oil refinery industry and other companies widely used asbestos for insulation due to its heat-resistant and fire-retardant capabilities.
Specified Fuels and other oil refineries used asbestos insulation for many types of containers holding highly flammable materials. Refinery material processing requiring high pressure and temperature involved asbestos-lined process and steam pipelines.
Oil refinery equipment such as pumps, furnaces, driers, ovens, roasters, boilers, heat exchangers, reactors, tanks and pipes may have contained asbestos, and put workers at risk of asbestos exposure.
Workers responsible for upkeep and repair of refinery equipment were at particular risk of contact with damaged asbestos which released fibers into the air when disturbed or handled. Inhaling the dangerous asbestos fibers is known to cause asbestos-related respiratory diseases and lung damage, including the deadly cancer mesothelioma.
If you or someone you love experienced asbestos exposure while working for Specified Fuels, and contracted an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, let Kraft & Associates, P.C. advise you about your legal rights. You may be entitled to a significant amount of compensation.
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