Our History

The History Behind Hudson Bearings

Hudson Bearings was an early pioneer in the ball transfer industry, fabricating its first products in 1969 and quickly gaining a reputation for quality and exemplary customer service. The business grew rapidly, resulting in a move to the current production facility in Columbus, Ohio and the acquisition of additional stamping and turning equipment. The business was eventually passed on to the next generation who oversaw an expansion of the heavy duty product line and new distribution channels.

Power Shift: The 2009 Acquisition & Our Continued Growth

Hudson Bearings was acquired by Jim Klingbeil Jr. and Donnie Bowman in 2009, with the goal of building a great company into an even better one. Both share a passion for American manufacturing and building quality companies. Jim was a cofounder of Atlas Snow-Shoe Company and has been awarded four U.S. utility patents for snowshoe innovations. Donnie has an extensive background in operations and sales management throughout the United States.

Now: An International Bearing Manufacturing in Columbus, Ohio

We remain committed to manufacturing all of our products in the U.S. and as such, have significantly enhanced our production capability with CNC manufacturing equipment. Not only does this machinery produce higher tolerance ball transfers more consistently, it also greatly expands our ability to manufacture custom-dimension products.

Our Mission, Our Values & Our Next Moves Forward

Our goal is to continually innovate and grow. We believe a company that is not trying to improve, grow, and innovate is a company that is in decline. This updated catalog reflects that goal, as does our enhanced website, new state of the art manufacturing equipment, expanded product offerings such as the Metal-cap HDBT and Studded HDBT, and most importantly, our renewed focus on our customers and their unique challenges. We look forward to helping you grow and improve your business.

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