As the largest designer and manufacturer of high-performance Coast Guard cutters, patrol boats, tugboats, salvage vessels, and lift boats, Bollinger Shipyards has been in business for over 75 years. The shipyards were founded in 1946 and were located in Lockport, Louisiana. Initially, the machine shop of the shipyards covered 80 acres of land along the banks of Bayou Lafourche. Sadly, workers who had a job at Bollinger Shipyards before the 1980s are now at high risk of developing a terrible disease, as the company was using asbestos at the time. When they had to cut and sand various asbestos building products, toxic dust would be released, which they would unavoidably inhale and ingest. During World War II, a whopping 4.5 million people were working in shipyards.