The company is currently the largest commercial shipyard on the East Coast. It was founded in 1962 and is located in Charleston, South Carolina. Detyens Shipyard has a rich history when it comes to ship repair. It has not always dealt with commercial vessels, as it also used to attend to military ships during the last century. The shipyard is situated on the site of the former Charleston Naval Shipyard. Regrettably, people who were employed at this company between the 1920s and the 1980s may be at risk now, as they were heavily exposed to asbestos on the job. One of the most dangerous activities was cutting and sanding products containing asbestos to fit in the ships, which would create a lot of toxic dust workers would inhale.