Owner Of Shuttered Green Lake County Foundry Found Guilty In Exposure Case

(Ixonia) The corporate owner of a shuttered foundry in Green Lake County has pled guilty in an asbestos exposure case. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Berlin-based Grede LLC acknowledged that in January of 2012, foundry management negligently ordered numerous employees to remove asbestos-containing insulation material from the roof of an inactive industrial oven. The work on the oven released chrysotile asbestos fibers into the air. The company failed to provide the workers with adequate personal protective equipment, or follow standard asbestos abatement procedures, placing the workers in imminent danger of serious bodily injury. In addition to a $200-thousand dollar fine, Grede agreed to provide the eleven affected workers with over $340-thousand dollars to provide for future medical monitoring for mesothelioma and similar lung conditions.