BDI Acquires Brown Bearing Co.

Deal bolsters BDI's presence in Pacific Northwest.

BDI (Bearing Distributors, Inc.), headquartered in Cleveland, OH, announces the acquisition on June 1, 2012 of the Spokane, WA-based Brown Bearing Co. The family-owned-and-operated business is now known as Brown Bearing Co., a division of BDI (Branch 87).

“This acquisition enables us to provide enhanced service and solutions to customers, both existing and prospective, in the Pacific Northwest,” says BDI-USA President & COO John Ruth. “It also engages BDI with the large loyal customer base that Brown Bearing has developed over nearly 60 years in business.”

With 174 global branch operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia, BDI services manufacturing companies throughout the world. BDI is a leader in the distribution and application of bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical power transmission, linear motion, fluid power, material handling, industrial and safety products. Value-added services offered by BDI include inventory and supply chain optimization, advanced technical support, documented cost savings and end-user training.

Brown Bearing Co., a division of BDI, is located at 5425 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99212; tel: 509-535-3093. For more information about BDI, please visit; or contact Bill Shepard, Director, North America Sales & Marketing, at