Many Lincoln County residents are not fully aware of the diverse industries operating in our county. Recent job fairs sponsored by the Lincoln Economic Development Association introduced many Lincoln Countians for the first time to some of the diverse industries that are located in our county.
More than half of all working Lincoln Countians commute to work outside the county. If they could find a suitable job locally, they could avoid the long drive (and in some cases the hassle of traffic) and have more time to spend with their families and community and church activities.
The Lincoln Herald invited local industries to provide us with information about their local operations. This is one in a continuing series of articles. For many, all they know about some of the industries is that they may have seen their names on their buildings or on a sign at their entrance while passing by. We hope these articles will provide information about what is happening "behind those walls."
Surely almost all Lincoln Herald readers are familiar with the Timken Company. The Timken plant at Iron Station, a 610,000 sq. ft. facility on a 286-acre site, is located off Highway 27, not visible from the main road, but the company's presence both as a major employer and as a benefactor for various charitable and civic endeavors in Lincoln County history over the last 40 years is well-known; but what exactly is the Timken Company all about 'behind those walls'?
From bearings used in heavy trucks, farm equipment and earthmovers to wheel hub units found in pickup trucks, the Timken Lincolnton Bearing Plant helps keep industries and consumers in motion.
The Timken Company, a $3 billion global manufacturer of bearings and mechanical power transmission products, opened the Lincolnton Bearing Plant in 1979 with a strategic focus on medium-volume production of industrial bearings. It was considered the most modern tapered roller bearing manufacturing facility in the world at that time.
Since 2002, the plant has undergone several expansions to broaden its original capabilities and add production lines for Timken® premium wheel hub units. These packaged bearings have multiple rows of rollers and are pre-adjusted, pre-lubricated and pre-sealed for easy installation during truck manufacturing and aftermarket service. Today, Lincolnton is the company’s principal domestic source for wheel hub units.
“As our manufacturing technology has evolved, so has our commitment to high-quality processes, products and environmental stewardship,” says Rege Eger, plant manager. “We’ve achieved every major ISO certification for quality control and environmental management systems. We also have a very participative culture that empowers associates to get involved in continuously improving our operations.”
Timken and the Lincolnton Bearing Plant associates are very active in the community, supporting local charities and volunteering their time to assist the United Way, Junior Achievement and the Lincoln County Relay for Life in achieving their missions.
Job opportunities at the Lincolnton Bearing Plant and all other Timken facilities globally are listed at www.timken.com/careers. The Timken Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants are treated equally according to their individual qualifications, abilities, experiences and other employment standards.
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