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Type Private
Founded 1902
Headquarters McHenry, Illinois, USA
Industry Auto parts
Products Brakes
Parent Affinia Group

Raybestos is a brand of automotive brakes begun in 1902 by Arthur H. Raymond and Arthur F. Law of Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 1906 Raymond and Law invented the woven brake lining, an important innovation in automotive brakes. From 1919-1989 Raybestos brand was manufactured by Raymark Industries, Inc, of Stratford, Connecticut. The Brand is currently distributed by Affinia Under Vehicle Group of McHenry, Illinois.[1]

Environmental Cleanup

According to the Federal Environmental Agency:

The Raymark facility operated at (the Stratford) location from 1919 until 1989, manufacturing asbestos brake linings and other automotive asbestos products. The facility operated as a hazardous waste generator and land disposal facility. Raymark Industries, Inc. is a RCRA subtitle C regulated facility which is currently subject to bankruptcy proceedings. Hazardous waste produced on site includes lead-asbestos dust, metals and solvents. From 1919 to July 1984, Raymark used a system of lagoons to capture waste lead and asbestos dust produced by its manufacturing process. Dredged materials from the lagoons were landfilled at numerous other locations in the town of Stratford, Connecticut. [2]

See also


  1. ^ "Raybestos - The Best in Brakes". Retrieved 2009-10-25.  
  2. ^ "NPL Site Narrative for Raymark Industries, Inc."


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