With headquarters located in Macomb, lllinois USA, Bower is an American bearing brand named after its founder, R.F. Bower, who in 1904 invented the innovative thrust controlling roller bearing that prevented wheel damage on horse-drawn carriages during high speed turns. With its success, a group of businessmen established the Bower Roller Bearing Company in Dayton, Ohio in 1907.
In time, Bower Roller Bearing Company produced quality tapered roller bearings and cylindrical bearings for the automotive and industrial sections. By 1955, it merged with another pioneering American automotive spare parts company, Federal Mogul, who then entered into an agreement in 1985 with Japan’s NTN Corporation. This partnership consequently resulted to the formation of NTN-Bower Corporation which is now fully owned by the leading Japanese bearing manufacturer.
Today, NTN-Bower Corporation’s Bower brand is known throughout the North American bearing OE and aftermarket industries most notably in the fields of agriculture, construction, and transportation.
- TAPERED ROLLER BEARINGS
Premium Bearings for Heavy-Duty Truck Applications
A U.S. Produced, Premium Brand Recognized across the industry for premium quality over the last 100 years, Bower is specified by OEMs and heavy duty fleet managers across North America. With plants in Hamilton, AL and Macomb, IL, Bower is one of the largest manufacturers of precision bearings in North America.
- Axle Repair Solutions for Powertrain Rebuilders
Our axle repair solutions include heavy-duty differential kits for popular OEM manufacturers such as DANA, Eaton, Freightliner, Mack, and Meritor. The contents for each repair kit are carefully selected to include high-quality, OEM preferred products, assuring complete satisfaction.
- CLUTCH PILOT BEARINGS
Premium clutch pilot bearings for heavy-duty truck application. Bower heavy-duty clutch pilot bearings are engineered to withstand the ever-increasing demands on engines and transmissions in today’s marketplace. For applications with demanding operating conditions, NTN recommends the use of Bower high-temperature bearings. These bearings, which surpass OEM recommended ratings, come equipped with high-temperature grease and seals, ensuring extended bearing life and optimal performance.