Founded in 1917, Los Angeles Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company kept this name until 1943. Subsequently, the shipyard was officially known as Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division. It was located in San Pedro, and until 1989 when it was liquidated, it had built at least 130 ships. The shipyard opened during the World War I shipping boom, survived the Great Depression, and built Auxiliary ships during World War II. However, people who worked there were exposed to asbestos to a great extent, as the mineral would be present in over 300 different products aboard a military ship. When they would handle asbestos products such as insulation, toxic dust would be released, which they would inevitably breathe in and swallow.