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Made in America for 100 years

Timken Steelworkers circa 1917

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.

History

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.

1913

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.

1915

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.

1916

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.

1917

All Fired Up

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

1918

All About Alloys

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

1920

On The Market

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

1924

Nickel-Molybdenum Steel

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

1927

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.

1928

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.

1929

Timken taps Fleischmann

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

1929

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

1931

Expanding Customer Base

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

1932

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.

1932

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

1940

Super Steel & More

Steel development accelerates as the company:

1940

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

1940

develops a process for making large gun barrels from seamless tubing

1940

contributes tubing to support allied efforts in WWII

1952

All Electric Furnaces

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

1959

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.

1961

New Vice President

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

1962

First Vacuum Degasser

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

1962

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

1965

Second Vacuum Degasser

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

1968

Continuous Caster Added

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

1971

Shipley Takes Helm

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

1972

Polyethylene reactor tubing

Polyethylene reactor tubing is developed and launched.

1975

Timken Acquires Latrobe

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

1977

Fellows Named VP

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

1978

Clean Steel Emerges

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

1980

BSP Steel

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

1980

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

1982

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.

1984

First Ladle Refiner

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

1984

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

1985

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.

1985

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

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

1986

Steel Stands Alone

Steel operations become a standalone business unit.

1986

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

1986

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.

1990

Business Model Honed

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

1992

New President Named

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

1993

Steel Parts Business

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

1994

Dynametal™ Steel Launches

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

1995

New Strengths Emerge

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

1995

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

1996

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.

1997

Special Steels Company

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

1997

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

1998

Forging Ahead In Steel

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

1998

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

1998

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.

2000

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.

2004

New Timken At Helm

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

2005

Leaders In Steel

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

2005

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

2006

Latrobe Steel Sold

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

2008

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

2012

Our Footprint Expands

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

2012

Rich Kyle becomes president of Steel.

2013

Two Independent Companies

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

2013

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

2014

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

2014

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.

2014

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.

2014

Stronger Communities

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

2015

Reinforcing Our Leadership

Named American Metal Market Steel Producer of the Year.

2015

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

2015

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.

2015

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

2016

Improving Performance

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

2016

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

2017

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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