Conrad Shipyard was originally built on a portion of Morgan City, Louisiana, in 1948. Several years later, the company began performing repair operations after purchasing one of the first drydocks on the Gulf Coast. In 1962, Conrad Shipyard started manufacturing and repairing vessels for the offshore oil and gas industries. Despite the professionalism of the company, during the last century, it exposed workers to asbestos to a tremendous degree, which is why today, numerous former employees struggle with life-threatening diseases. 1 in 500 shipyard workers was in charge of insulating various parts of the ships, and these were the employees with the highest risk of asbestos exposure, as they would often handle raw asbestos fibers that could easily become airborne.