Chicago Bridge & Iron Company was established in 1867 and is currently a public company that operates worldwide. The shipyard was initially located in Pascagoula, Mississippi. In 1942, the U.S. Navy offered the shipbuilding company $6 million for improvements. However, the company is responsible for having exposed workers to asbestos between the 1920s and the 1980s, as the mineral was essential in shipbuilding. It would be found in machinery and equipment insulation, gasket insulation, building insulation, as well as in the very construction materials the vessels were made of, such as floor tiles, wallboard, and ceiling tiles. When these products were disturbed by maintenance and repair, they released a lot of toxic dust in the air the workers would breathe in.