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Oconomowoc Manufacturing keeps its customers rolling

Many industrial and household products rely on ball bearings –from sliding patio doors and windows to conveyor systems used in manufacturing to office furniture.

In the 1980s, there were more than 20 U.S.-based manufacturers making custom un-ground bearings for industrial and commercial markets.

Today, there are only three left in the country, including Oconomowoc Manufacturing Corp.

Oconomowoc’s bearings are used in sliding patio doors and screen doors. The company continues to supply some of the largest door and window companies in the world, said Kyle Stoehr, its president.

Over the past decade, the company has greatly expanded its sales to the industrial conveyor market. Its bearings are used extensively in the automotive and poultry processing industry. The U.S. Postal Service also uses Oconomowoc’s bearings in its mail sorting systems.

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