Royal Bearing Inc. recently announced that it has acquired the entire inventory of unused machinery bearing spares of the General Motors transmission plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., which closed its doors at the end of 2010. Royal Bearing now has fully integrated the complete inventory purchase into its extensive bearing database.
Acquired during the four-day auction at the 5-million-square-foot Willow Run plant, which was originally constructed as a B-24 bomber manufacturing facility during World War II, were a broad range of bearings from manufacturers such as Timken, Fafnir, Sealmaster, McGill, NTN and SKF, including many precision bearings.
“We are very pleased that we were the successful bidder in the GM purchase,” said Clarence Hopkins, president of Royal Bearing Inc. “Since the GM plant is so close to our warehouse in Livonia, we were able to incorporate the bearings into our existing inventory very quickly and make them available from our Michigan branch to immediately support our customers nationwide.”
Founded in 1994, Royal Bearing Inc. is an independent reseller of bearings based in Portland, Ore. With 60,000 line items in inventory, the company is one of the largest wholesale suppliers of bearings for industrial and transportation applications of all types. Royal’s customers include distributors of bearings to forest products manufacturing, steel rolling mills, mining, shipping, automotive, agriculture and petroleum production industries worldwide. The company sources its inventory worldwide and sells to international distributors, along with many independent local bearing resellers.