The EEOICPA was passed in 2000. It provides compensation to workers who became ill as a result of their employment manufacturing nuclear weapons in the USA, as well as their spouses, children, and grandchildren. A.O.Smith EEOICPA coverage is available for qualified former Workers and their families.

Are you eligible for compensation? If you or a family member worked at this or another BE or DOE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $150K plus medical benefits. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-548-4494 or fill out our free claim evaluation, We can help even if you’ve already filed, even if your claim was denied!

Here, we have compiled publicly available information and documentation about the facilities covered by the Act to clarify how their activities relate to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

A.O. Smith Corporation

State: Wisconsin
Location: Milwaukee
Time Period: 1948-1950
Facility Type: Beryllium Vendor

Facility Description: A.O. Smith studied methods for protecting beryllium carbide-matrix bodies for the Nuclear Energy for the Propulsion of Aircraft(NEPA) project.

A.O. Smith Corporation is listed as a Beryllium Vendor (BE) under the EEOICPA.

Telephone contacts were made with current company (A.O. Smith and Tower Automotive) officials. A. O. Smith officials could not locate any specific records for the listed dates. The Tower Automotive officials provided the following information: (1) Tower Automotive bought a Division of A.O. Smith in 1997, which is the location where the AEC/DOE contracts took place; (2) this is a 150 acre location, with numerous current buildings–over the years various buildings have been torn down; and (3) there is no way to determine in which buildings the AEC/DOE work took place. It could not be determined if the beryllium activities for the contract work were conducted in separate parts of the facility away from work for other customers. No specific information could be found concerning decontamination activities after the contracts were terminated.

The documentation reviewed and the information provided by current company officials do not indicate that beryllium decontamination was ever performed, nor were there any records regarding whether or not the work areas for the AEC/DOE contracts and other clients were separate.

Sources of information reviewed during this evaluation, as shown above, included the DOE ES&H Website, documentation provided by the DOE ES&H group consisting of written communications by or for the DOE, and telephone contacts with current company officials.

Documentation reviewed indicates there is a potential for significant residual beryllium contamination outside the period in which beryllium metal was processed, produced, or provided to DOE.


As of 07/08/2015, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at A.O. Smith Corporation is $0. Click here for a current accounting of compensation paid to former Workers under the EEOICPA.