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The top ten bearings suppliers in the U.S.

Posted by IndustryNet on Monday, June 12, 2017

100000046_big shiny bearingsBearings make the world go round. Literally.

From the small ball bearings found in roller blades to the cylindrical bearings found in automotive transmissions, bearings reduce friction, allowing various parts to work in conjunction with one another without overheating. Bearings manufacturers generated over $24 billion in sales last year, between aircraft bearings, babbitt, ball, rod end, spherical, self-lubricating bearings, and many other types.

IndustryNet, a well-established industrial marketplace that maintains current information on nearly 400,000 U.S. industrial companies, analyzed America's leading bearings suppliers, and found that, out of approximately 1,000 bearing companies in the United States, the following are the top bearings suppliers in terms of employees and facility square footage.

The top 10 bearings suppliers by number of employees and square footage:

1. NTN Driveshaft, Inc. (610,000 square feet, 1,650 employees) - Located in Columbus, Indiana, NTN was the first bearing company to win the Deming Prize - an award that honors people and businesses for the contributions and commitment to Total Quality Management. NTN brings this commitment to bear with all of their clients, including John Deere, Caterpillar, Dana, General Electric, Valmont Industries and many others.

2. Rexnord Industries, Inc. (550,000 square feet, 400 employees) - Indianapolis, Indiana houses this company which primarily serves two major market segments. Under the process motion and control market, the company operates as Rexnord and Rexnord Aerospace. In the water management market, Zurn and VAG are its primary brands.

3. Amstead Rail Brenco (544,880 square feet, 350 employees) - Established in 1983, Amstead Rail takes its projects, small to large, from raw material to pre-paint in Petersburg, Virginia. It holds CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau) Certification and Intertek Certification.

4. American NTN Bearings Manufacturing Corporation (433,800 square feet, 675 employees) - Founded in 1918 in Elgin, Illinois, American NTN manufactures ball bearings, spherical, tapered, cylindrical, and needle roller bearings. It is the third largest bearing manufacturer in the world.

5. Koyo Bearings North America, LLC (428,000 square feet, 450 employees) - Operating under the brand name JTKT in Orangeburg, South Carolina, this company offers engineering and manufacturing for bearings ranging from an outer diameter of seven meters to one millimeter.

6. Regal Beloit America, Inc. (400,000 square feet, 240 employees) - Located in Valparaiso, Indiana, Regal Beloit works is comprised of three major market segments - commercial and industrial systems, climate solutions and power transmission solutions.

7. Timken Company (390,000 square feet, 280 employees) - Working primarily in the automotive industry in Keene, New Hampshire, this Timken location provides front wheel bearings and tapered bearing. With experts in the fields of metallurgy, tribology and mechanical systems, Timken can meet any bearing specification.

8. NTN - Bearing Corporation (373,000 square feet, 225 employees) - NTN in Hamilton, Alabama began production in 1904 with a new thrust controlling roller bearing for horse drawn carriages. The company has grown to include fan housings, mass weight bearings and other bearing-related products.

9. Timken Company (370,000 square feet, 350 employees) - Named as one of the world's most ethical companies in March 2017, the Timken location in Bucyrus, Ohio is one of only five industrial manufacturers to receive this designation from the Ethisphere Institute.

10. Timken U.S. Corporation (350,000 square feet, 300 employees) - This division, housed in Union, South Carolina, focuses primarily on roller bearings. Founder Henry Timken's desire "of making the world move more efficiently and reliably" still holds true today.

To learn more about these and other top bearings companies, as well as hundreds of thousands of other U.S. industrial suppliers, start your search on IndustryNet. Here, you can request a quote, download a supplier catalog, create a list of suppliers, find a company's social media links, look up a company address and more. 

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