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Made in America for More than 100 Years

TimkenSteel Workers

In 1917, six men used a ram and chains to manipulate an ingot as we began making steel in Canton, OH. Today, the processes we use to make some of the cleanest special bar quality steel in the world are more sophisticated, but a few things haven’t changed:

  • Canton remains our home, and all of our products are made in America to be sold around the world.
  • Our people operate with a set of core values that date back to our founding.
  • Our business model delivers value by helping helping our customers’ toughest applications perform better. We began the our journey with bearings and have expanded to any application facing high torque, high loads or extreme conditions.


TimkenSteel is a new, independent company with a century-long history. It began as the steel business of The Timken Roller Bearing Company, founded by carriage maker and inventor Henry Timken and his two sons. A strategic decision to gain greater control over its supply of steel led the company to pierce steel in 1915 and go on to melt steel in 1917. At the time, the business had one of the country’s largest electric-arc furnace facilities. TimkenSteel has its roots in continuously improving steel for one of the most demanding applications, bearings. Through the years, that focus on application knowledge and innovation led to a business that created customized solutions – from materials to components to logistics services – for applications that reach every corner of the globe in customer applications.


Man of Steel

As CEO of the Timken Roller Bearing Company, H.H. Timken forges ahead to build a stronger future with a major investment in steel evaluation and control, establishing a metallurgical and chemical lab in Canton, OH.


First Mill Opens

To harness greater control of its supply chain, the company opens a steel piercing mill in Canton, OH, to make seamless mechanical tubing.


First Four Furnaces

H.H. Timken champions a further expansion into steelmaking to ensure an ample supply of high-quality raw materials, leading to the installation of four 5-ton electric furnaces in a new plant on Harrison Avenue in Canton, Ohio.


All Fired Up

The Harrison Steel Plant in Canton, OH becomes fully operational, producing high-quality alloy steel.


All About Alloys

The need for higher performing bearings drives Timken to research and develop new alloy steels


On The Market

The company begins to sell its high performing alloy steel to other manufacturers.


Nickel-Molybdenum Steel

Advances in bearing design drive company metallurgists to develop a nickel-molybdenum steel to replace chrome-nickel steel.


100-Ton Furnace

The Harrison plant grows, with the installation of three large electric furnaces and one 100-ton open-hearth furnace to replace the original equipment.


The First Acquisition

The company acquires the Weldless Tube Company in Wooster, Ohio. It joins the Canton operation in the effort to increase production of seamless mechanical tubing.


Timken taps Fleischmann

The company taps metallurgist Martin Fleischmann to create a new metallurgical laboratory and alloy development program.


The company opens the Gambrinus steel plant, a free-standing piercing mill to replace the original piercing operation.


Expanding Customer Base

The company introduces its first graphitic tool steels and high-strength, high-temperature alloys, further broadening its customer base.


New Industry Standard

Chief Engineer of the Steel Division, Walter Assel, develops an experimental process for elongation rolling of seamless tubes that becomes a new industry standard after World War II.


Frederick J. Griffiths is named president of the Timken Steel & Tube Company.


Super Steel & More

Steel development accelerates as the company:


. introduces a “Super Steel,” alloy 16-25-6, for high-temperature aircraft engines


develops a process for making large gun barrels from seamless tubing


contributes tubing to support allied efforts in WWII


All Electric Furnaces

The company moves all production to electric furnaces, removing the last of the open-hearth furnaces.


R&D Expands

Research and development expands again when product development, metallurgical research and product testing move into expanded facilities in three new laboratories in Canton.


New Vice President

John E. Fick assumes leadership as vice president of steel & tube operations.


First Vacuum Degasser

The first vacuum degasser starts up at the Harrison steel plant.


Edwin S. Hoopes, Jr. assumes leadership as vice president of steel & tube operations.


Second Vacuum Degasser

A second vacuum degasser is added, ensuring that all steel produced is degassed going forward


Continuous Caster Added

A continuous caster to form steel is added at the Harrison Steel Plant.


Shipley Takes Helm

Ralph T. Shipley assumes leadership as vice president of steel operations.


Polyethylene reactor tubing

Polyethylene reactor tubing is developed and launched.


Timken Acquires Latrobe

In order to expand production of specialty steels, the company acquires Latrobe Steel Company in Latrobe, PA.


Fellows Named VP

John H. Fellows is named vice president for steel marketing.


Clean Steel Emerges

Clean steel becomes more important as company experts complete research that correlates clean steel with bearing performance.


BSP Steel

Harrison steel plant begins making bearing steel practice (BSP) steel using precipitation deoxidation.


Leo A. Fiedorek assumes leadership as vice president of steel operations.


Glossbrenner Named VP

Alfred B. Glossbrenner assumes leadership as vice president of steel operations, later becoming vice president of steel until his retirement in 1987.


First Ladle Refiner

A ladle refiner comes on line in the Harrison steel plant, the next step in the clean steel program.


The company nears completion of a $500 million investment to build the Faircrest Steel Plant, one of the world’s most advanced steel operations.


World’s Cleanest Steel

As the industry struggles, the Faircrest Steel Plant goes into full production. As one of the world’s most advanced steel operations, it establishes our reputation for the cleanest steel in the world.


Timken introduces TMS 80™ non-heat-treatable microalloy steel.

Charles E. Craig assumes leadership as executive vice president of steel.


Steel Stands Alone

Steel operations become a standalone business unit.


Charles H. West assumes leadership as executive vice president for steel.


A new generation of special bar quality steel Is launched with Parapremium™ steel, marking the beginning of a family of maximum performance practice (MPP) steels for the most demanding applications.


Business Model Honed

A sustained investment in steel facilities and capabilities hones the business model to deliver value in niche markets with demanding specifications.


New President Named

Charles H. West, still leading the steel business unit, is named president of steel.


Steel Parts Business

The Steel Parts Business is formed to create semi-finished components for customers.


Dynametal™ Steel Launches

Dynametal™ steel is introduced to the industry, offering machinable, lead-free steel.


New Strengths Emerge

By this time, the majority of steel production goes to outside customers rather than internal component making.


The patented AdvanTec™ process launches, using special heat treatment to make steels tougher.


Service And Distribution

The company enters steel service and distribution, acquiring Ohio Alloy Steels in Youngstown, Ohio.

The company also expands distribution services into Mexico.


Special Steels Company

Ohio Alloy Steels and Houghton & Richards merge to form OH&R Special Steels Company.


Radiation-type wall thickness gauge goes into service in Gambrinus steel plant for in-process control of tube production.


Forging Ahead In Steel

The Steel Parts Business expands and is renamed Precision Steel Components.


A new rolling mill is completed at the Harrison steel plant to produce steel with better size, straightness characteristics and surface quality.


Bill J. Bowling assumes leadership as president of steel, naming Karl P. Kimmerling as group vice president of alloy steel and Hans J. Sack as group vice president of specialty steel and president of subsidiary Latrobe Steel Company.


Poised For Progress

With the success of the components business, the company is prepared to respond to market changes that required additional customers’ logistics and value-added services.


New Timken At Helm

Ward J. “Tim” Timken Jr. becomes president of steel.


Leaders In Steel

Sal Miraglia assumes leadership as president of steel when Tim Timken is named chairman of the company.


Company upgrades the continuous rolling mill at its Latrobe plant to reinforce its leadership in steel bar and wire for specialty applications.


Latrobe Steel Sold

The company divests the Latrobe Steel Company to focus on special bar quality steel.


Small-Bar Rolling Mill

Timken opens a small-bar steel rolling mill at the Harrison plant in Canton that expands its portfolio of differentiated steel products


Our Footprint Expands

Ground is broken on a $225 million expansion at the Faircrest Steel Plant.


Rich Kyle becomes president of Steel.


Two Independent Companies

The Timken Company announces its plan to separate its businesses into two independent, publicly traded companies.


The in-line forge press, intermediate finishing line and new heat-treat investments come on line.


TimkenSteel Is Born

TimkenSteel Corporation becomes an independent company trading on the NYSE as TMST, with Ward J. “Tim” Timken Jr. serving as chairman, CEO and president

Construction of a $40 million advanced quench-and-temper facility in Canton begins, larger than each of the three existing thermal treatment facilities in Canton.


A Unique Edge

The first heat of steel is cast through the jumbo bloom vertical caster at the Faircrest Steel Plant. The caster improves productivity, capacity and product range to provide large bar capabilities unique in the U.S.


Stronger Communities

To strengthen the communities in which it operates, the TimkenSteel Charitable Fund is established with Elaine Russell Reolfi named as president.


Reinforcing Our Leadership

Named American Metal Market Steel Producer of the Year.


The TimkenSteel Technology Center opens in Canton, a 20,000-square-foot space dedicated to laboratories and metallurgical experts with a holistic view of steel cleanness to advance technical advantages


Ohio EPA Award

TimkenSteel receives gold and silver awards from Ohio EPA after pioneering the use of aluminum chloride to treat 7.8 billion gallons of water a year, reducing annual chemical usage by 90 percent, waste products by 2 million pounds and company costs by $30,000.


The company faced the longest and deepest market downturn in the business’ history.


Improving Performance

The company realigned reportable segments to reflect recent organizational changes made to better align resources to support business strategies.


The company continued to improve its operating performance in the face of difficult markets.


Leading The Way

TimkenSteel is the leading manufacturer of SBQ steel large bars and seamless mechanical tubing in North America. We melt approximately 2 million tons of steel a year into new steel bars and tubes, almost all of which comes from recycled material such as scrap automobiles and appliances.

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