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Also Known As: Genesse Packing Co.
State: Michigan
Location: Saginaw
Time Period: AWE 1956
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
Facility Description: In a test for National Lead of Ohio (Fernald), Mitts and Merrell reduced a thorium metal chunk to small particle size pieces in its Hog Grinder.
During the period of residual contamination, as designated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and as noted in the dates above, employees of subsequent owners and operators of this facility are also covered under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
The available documentation describes a one day activity, 6/28/1956, in which thorium metal (+10 pounds) was ground into fine particles producing heavy visible dusting outside of the equipment. It is stated that the actual activity took 1 minute and 15 seconds. The document describes a successful decontamination completed that same day. The potential for significant residual contamination outside of this one day period of operation is remote.
Mitts & Merrel Co. is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site under the EEOICPA.
As of 04/26/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Mitts & Merrel Co. is $6,649,813.
Mitts & Merrel Co. Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, whether or not you have already filed a claim and even if your claim has been accepted or denied.
We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442 Buffalo, NY.
NIOSH Technical Basis Documents
Site Profiles for Atomic Weapons Employers that Worked Uranium Metals, Revision No.: 1
Effective Date: 06/17/2011

Site Profiles for Atomic Weapons Employers that Worked Uranium and Thorium Metals, Appendix CU – Mitts & Merrel Co., Revision: 0
Effective Date: 7/31/2007