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Our History

Not many firms trace their roots to the horse and buggy era. Bearings Incorporated does.

Founded in Milwaukee, Wis. in 1887, J. Widmeyer & Co., as it was known then, quickly became the largest horse shoeing business in the Midwest. In 1918, as the automobile appeared on the scene, J. Widmeyer & Co. became an auto springs and automotive bearings supplier, and changed its name to The Widmeyer Auto Spring and Bearing Co. The company expanded its offering to include front wheel bearings, timing belts, and other related items for the new mode of transportation.

1950's at Bearings, Inc.
Bearings, Inc. in the 1950's

In the 1940's, the firm changed its focus to industrial bearings, and shortened its name to Bearings Incorporated. To better serve its customers, the firm sought out the best manufacturers of pillow block bearings, taper roller bearings, cylindrical roller bearings, and spherical roller bearings, and more.

1940's Timken Bearings advertisement
1947 advertisement for Timken Bearings - Saturday Evening Post

What does that mean for you? You can tap into decades of mechanical and power transmission experience with a supplier who has long-standing relationships with more than 100 major manufacturers. Among those are Baldor Motors, Koyo Ball and Roller Bearings, MBL, Optibelt, and Timken. Whether for the factory, farm, or around the yard, we will find that part for you.

Do you have some old equipment? No problem. We supply parts for machinery made as far back as the 1920's.

Experience isn't born overnight. It takes years to fully understand this business. Bearings Incorporated employees have been with us an average of 25 years. That's the kind of knowledge and experience you just don't find elsewhere. We understand your needs and have a solution for you.

Today we ship thousands of parts, large and small, to cities all across the United States. Turn to us when you need a bearing, belt, seal, or other power transmission part. Most orders are shipped within 24 hours.

Feel free to order online 24/7, or give us a call during business hours for answers to your questions. Of course, you're also welcome to use the handy contact form. Our helpful staff is ready to serve you.

You can count on us.