Lebanon, NH — Sept. 10, 2002 — Timken Aerospace & Super Precision associates and family members gathered at the Lebanon, NH, bearing facility on Sept 7, 2002 to celebrate the plant’s 75th anniversary as a leading bearing supplier to North American aerospace companies.
“The Timken Aerospace team can be proud of its many accomplishments,” said Ron Menning, vice-president – Aerospace. “After 75 years, the facility continues to exceed customer expectations by producing high-precision, high-performance bearings that affect critical operations in a variety of aerospace products, including planes, helicopters and space vehicles.”
More than 1,000 associates, family members and guests were expected to attend the festivities. A Black Hawk military helicopter was arranged to land on the grounds, courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a longtime Timken customer.
Timken(R) split ball and tapered bearings are used within several components on Black Hawks, including gear boxes, transmissions and landing gear.
“Our partnership with Sikorsky is an example of why this facility has remained successful for 75 years,” said Carole Turner, senior account representative. “Our customers rely on our knowledge, engineering expertise, product quality and ability to identify the best solutions for specific needs. We’ve forged strong, mutually beneficial relationships.”
The original split ball bearing, similar to what is produced today at the Lebanon, NH, plant, was invented by Winslow S. Pierce, Jr., who received a patent in 1921. The plant opened in 1926, and, after several mergers, was acquired by The Timken Company in 1990. Today, the plant employs more than 660 associates who produce precision ball and roller bearings ranging in size from 0.30-inch bores to 26-inch outside diameters. These bearings are specially designed for the extreme conditions of jet and helicopter engines, including high speeds and temperatures. Timken bearings also are incorporated into instrumentation and accessories within aircraft.
“Our accomplishments throughout our 75-year history have created a solid foundation for the future,” says Menning. “I anticipate even greater success in this century, thanks to our engineering innovations and our associates’ commitment to excellence.”