Large Captive Heat Treater Aquired by Timken Bearings

Recently it was announced that bearing company TImken had acquired a North Carolina, USA firm by the name of American Roller Bearing Company, a supplier of industrial bearings. In and of itself this is not especially exciting for a heat treat news website such as “The Monty Heat Treat News” however it becomes interesting due to the fact that American Roller Bearings has a large in house heat treating department.
It comes as no surprise that a manufacturer of large roller bearings would heat treat their product in pit carburizing furnaces and that is certainly the case with American Roller Bearings. The company has approximately 6 pit carburizing furnaces from manufacturers such as Surface Combustion, Lindberg and Austria based Aichelin. Shown in this photo is a pretty standard pit hardeing furnace, in this case one manufactured by Surface Combustion of Ohio.
The press release below gives a few details about the acquistion. 
“NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Feb. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR;, a global industrial leader in engineered bearings and industrial motion products, has acquired the assets of American Roller Bearing Company (ARB), a North Carolina-based manufacturer of industrial bearings. ARB’s offerings join Timken’s industry-leading portfolio of engineered bearing solutions. ARB, which boasts a large U.S. installed base and strong aftermarket business, generated sales of more than $30 million in 2022.
“ARB’s end-market mix, customer base and aftermarket position fit our Timken business model extremely well,” said Richard G. Kyle, Timken president and chief executive officer. “We’re proud to welcome ARB and its employees into The Timken Company.” 
ARB employs approximately 190 people and operates manufacturing facilities in Hiddenite and Morganton, N.C. Prior to this transaction, three generations of the Succop family owned and operated ARB since its founding in 1911. Timken funded the transaction with cash on hand,”
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