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Weimer Bearing History


A nationally recognized and accomplished engineer in his day, Hugo Weimer ventured out in the Milwaukee area in the early 1920's and formed an engineering design firm.  The firm specialized in the V-belt drive system, of which Mr. Weimer had been integral in its invention and design.

hugo weimer1926

H. W. Weimer Company was founded in 1926 by engineer and inventor Hugo Weimer. The company began as an engineering and design firm, and Mr. Weimer was instrumental in the invention of the v-belt drive system.

local weimer building1938

Due to the local demand for power transmission products, Mr. Weimer expanded his engineering company into the distribution and manufacturing of power transmission components for industrial customers throughout the greater Milwaukee area. 


weimer new building in milwaukee1980

In 1980, Dick Stangl took over as President and owner, changing the name of the company to Weimer Bearing & Transmission - better reflecting the growing focus on the supply of power transmission products and bearings. During this time, the company experienced a great period of growth, moving to a new facility in the northwest Milwaukee area.

current weimer headquarters2016

Under the leadership of Frank Stangl, Weimer Bearing & Transmission moved its headquarters to Germantown, Wisconsin, allowing for further growth and expansion. The company has expanded to 35+ stocking locations and operates in ten states throughout the Midwest, as well as South Carolina. In addition to its core product offering, Weimer has added a number of high-tech motion control products, full belt fabrication services, as well as a complete offering of pneumatics and hydraulics.Responding to our customers' unique needs through the years, we now have several sister companies under the "Weimer Industries" umbrella of companies:

  • Wisconsin Stamping and Manufacturing - Manufacturer of precision tubular stampings, Raschig Rings and machined components
  • Wire & Metal Specialties - Manufacturer of wire forms, stampings, weldments and metal components
  • Raffel Systems - Manufacturer and designer of electronic control systems
  • WorldSource - Provider of full fastener procurement and supply chain services
  • Northern Industrial Supply (NIS) - Bearings, Power Transmission and Industrial Supplies
  • Rubber & Power of Michigan (RPM) - Conveyor Belt Fabrication, Bearings and Power Transmission
  • Fluid Control Products (FCP) - Air, Hydraulic and Electrical Equipment
  • Blackhawk Controls - Electronic Motion Control & Automation
  • Standard Bearings (SBC) - Bearings and Power Transmission
  • Tipler Company - Fluid Power Products and Industrial Automation
  • Griffco - Bearings, Power Transmission, Fluid Power, Motion Control
  • RPM - Conveyor Belt Fabrication, Bearings and Power Transmission
  • Applied Power Solutions - Fluid Power and Industrial Automation
  • River Valley Supply - Conveyor Belting and related products
  • Dowco - Bearings, Power Transmission, Fluid Power and Motion Control
  • ISC - Bearings, Power Transmission, Fluid Power and Motion Control
  • ISC Automation - Electrical components distributor and UL listed panel shop
  • Adams ISC - Power Transmission, Fluid Power, Hydraulic Hose, Industrial Equipment Service and Repair
  • Sykes Supply - Bearings and Power Transmission

Throughout our growth, Weimer's commitment to total quality has been steadfast. In 1994, Weimer Bearing & Transmission achieved ISO certification, has subsequently been recertified every year since, and in 2018 we became certified in the new standard, ISO 9001:2015.

Weimer's commitment to quality in employees has never wavered.  Always looking to the future, the company continues to recruit, hire and train the very best and most qualified employees in the industry.  Our management team continues to be actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company, with service to customers and employees, and support of our valued supplier partners being our top priorities.

With the massive consolidation in the power transmission distribution industry, Weimer Bearing is positioned today as one of the last privately-held and consistently family-owned business of its type. To maintain this position, we've steadily added new and innovative products to our offering, as well as new locations. Weimer is now heavily involved in motion control, pneumatic and linear products, electrical and electronic systems, along with specialty packaging, manufacturing and other customized industrial services. We have also expanded into other geographies, with branches in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and South Carolina.  As a founding member of the Independent Distributor's Cooperative (IDC-1988), Weimer has 2 national distribution centers in Indianapolis and Reno with the full buying power and recognition as the 3rd largest power transmission distribution entity in the United States, while still retaining family ownership and local flexibility -- both key attributes to properly servicing both OEM and MRO industrial customers.

richard stanglThe future is bright for Weimer Bearing & Transmission.  We will continue to grow and adapt with the changing needs of our customer base. We are firmly committed to excellence and professionalism in all facets of our business. Our growth and expansion plans are unlimited, and we intend to continue our mission of being the finest in our industry.

- Richard Stangl, CEO (1980-2014)

My father said that several years ago, and his words still ring true for us. While our customer base grows and customer needs change, Weimer's commitment to excellence and professionalism is unwavering.

- Frank Stangl, President