Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 Marks a Milestone for PEER Bearing—Our 75th Anniversary!

Celebrating 75 years in business is a major achievement. There aren’t many companies that can reach this mark and maintain their high quality and strong attention to customer service. Here at PEER we are proud to be a leader in ball and roller bearing solutions for the last 75 years and are prepared for another 75 at least!

Our company was founded in 1941 by Nathan Spungen in Chicago, IL. As the business grew and expanded, the company relocated to Wheeling, IL in 1978 and then to Waukegan, IL in 1999. Our first overseas manufacturing plant was opened in 1998 in China with another plant the following year to meet the global demands for our superior bearing products. In 2008 the PEER group of companies was acquired by SKF and as global expansion continued we needed offices and distribution centers around the world. With our main U.S. headquarters still in Illinois, we now have offices in China, Germany, Italy, and Mexico.

One aspect of our business that we are very proud of is our commitment to developing new products and improvements. As technologies and equipment evolve, we have been on the forefront of creating new solutions. The opening of our Research and Development Center in China in 2012 is dedicated to meeting the ongoing needs of manufacturers in innovative product design and engineering.

But, staying in business for 75 years isn’t just about the products, it’s also about the people. Without the dedication of our outstanding employees we wouldn’t have made it this far. Our employees are professionals in every way and represent the best of PEER Bearing. This is what we are most proud of.


As we spend the year celebrating, we will be honoring our past, celebrating our present, and shaping our future. We are looking forward to continuing to supply the highest quality ball and roller bearings to customers who expect the best. Our mission: to consistently meet or the exceed expectations of our customers, suppliers, and employees.

Friday, May 20, 2016

PEER Bearing Recognized by Leading Sawmill Manufacturer and Wins Award!

It is always very rewarding to be singled out for great products and services. As a manufacturer and innovator of roller bearing solutions found throughout industries such as agriculture, distribution, industrial transmission, material handling, and off-highway, we promise performance and deliver value.



We are proud to announce our latest award--Outstanding Supplier of the Year from Wood-Mizer LLC, a leading sawmill manufacturer. PEER and three other U.S. suppliers were chosen to receive the annual CREST (Corporate Recognition Exemplifying Supplier Tenacity) Award for “outstanding supplier and peak performer for excellent responsiveness.” Factors that were evaluated consisted of customer service, overall quality, delivery, cost management, and value-added support.

It is an honor to be chosen by Wood-Mizer as an outstanding supplier. Our commitment to reliability, performance, and service is valued by exceptional companies like Wood-Mizer who understand quality and the role of partnership throughout industry.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bye-Bye, El Nino… Hello, La Nina? Agriculture Industry Keeps a Watchful Eye on Changing Weather Patterns

After last year’s El Nino weather conditions, weather patterns are changing again. Scientists say La Nina will be taking over soon, affecting weather – and industries – around the world. According to a recent Bloomberg.com report, “As the effects of the most severe El Nino in almost 20 years still reverberate globally, parts of the world are already preparing for La Nina.” The agriculture industry, in particular, is keeping a watchful eye on the shifting weather patterns, as both El Nino and La Nina historically have impacted the industry.

El Nino, as cited in an informative video on the website, is described as a disruption of the whole Pacific weather system that occurs when the ocean surface warms up more than usual.. The extra heat in the atmosphere causes shifts in global weather patterns. Even though El Nino is an expected part of nature’s weather cycle, every few years there’s a “super-charged” version of El Nino (like what we experienced throughout 2015) that makes global headlines with extreme heat and higher-than-average rainfall in some areas.

Both El Nino and La Nina impact the agriculture industry, where farmers need to contend with weather patterns that can cause either too much or too little rain, depending on geographic location and other factors. “A large part of the agricultural U.S. tends to dry out during La Nina events,” according to the Bloomberg.com report. The opposite of El Nino, La Nina is a cooling of the waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. A NASA report says, “La Nina can also spur abnormal weather patterns across the world.” But, while she may be on her way, La Nina isn’t here yet.

Turning to history for guidance, NASA scientists predict that the shift from El Nino to La Nina will happen after June of this year. George Huffman, a research meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, says that “based on past El Nino events, rainfall associated with the global phenomenon should continue through June,” but impacts of El Nino will “take a while to propagate around the globe.” Some people within the agriculture industry predict that El Nino will stick around through August. A recent SuccessfulFarming article reports, “According to Dr. Elwynn Taylor [an Iowa State University Extension climatologist], a strong El Nino will likely still be in play until August and that means higher yields. How much higher? As of now, Taylor believes the most likely corn yield is 173 bushels per acre.”

Whichever weather pattern is in control in the coming months, with PEER Bearing solutions utilizing AGXTREME® technology, the global agricultural market will be ready! The PEER product range includes the most comprehensive offering for all agricultural implements, combines and tractors. From mild to harsh conditions, PEER high-performance bearings easily weather the elements and maximize productivity. The AGXTREME® product portfolio helps keep farming equipment in the field, operating continuously to handle farming tasks, including seeding and managing the higher-than-expected yields and crop output that often accompany changing weather patterns. For sure, with El Nino and La Nina battling for control, the global agriculture industry will be keeping an eye on the changing weather patterns for the remainder of 2016 and beyond!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Celebrate Agriculture on March 15th with National Ag Day

National Ag Day was started by the Agriculture Council of America in 1973 to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the industry. The abundance the industry provides touches our lives every day, from the food on the table to the shirts on our backs. The theme this year is Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.

Through programs and events, Ag Day emphasizes the importance of understanding the value of agriculture in our daily lives. Agriculture plays an essential role in maintaining a strong economy, and increasing public awareness helps American understand how food, fiber, and renewable resource products are produced. As America is the largest global exporter of food it proves how our farmers have an impact worldwide

Farmers grow and distribute safe, abundant, affordable products for both domestically and globally. It is for this reason that Ag Day brings together producers, agricultural associations, universities, corporations, and government agencies to develop industry practices and science to continue to grow technologies and resources to feed a growing world population. For example, a Stanford-led team of researchers has developed a method to “estimate crop yields using satellites that can measure solar-induced fluorescence light emitted by growing plants.” Mapping growth gives the researchers a tool to study how crop yields fluctuate under changing weather conditions. This kind of research will prepare us to meet the demands of feeding the world population. The work that the agriculture industry provides us with food on our table.

At PEER we don’t need a special day to remind us of the importance of farmers and agriculture. We support the industry with top-quality agricultural and seeding and tilling solutions designed to meet the challenging environmental conditions farmers and their machinery contends with to bring us, and the world, the products we need to survive.


Our societal shift from rural communities to cities has left a void in the knowledge of where our food comes from that Ag Day hopes to fix. As spring gets underway in most of the country, the seeds are being planted for summer and fall harvests while crops are continuing to grow in temperate states like Florida and California. Every day is Ag Day in those areas! So, remember to thank a farmer on March 15th when you open the fridge!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

PEER Bearing To Attend West Pack and World Ag Expo in California Next Week

Exhibiting at trade shows and expos provide a unique opportunity that can help generate new leads, find suppliers/buyers, check out the competition, do some networking, and get publicity. In short, what you can achieve at one trade show can help generate leads for months to come.

But to accomplish all of the above you must plan carefully, choose the best shows for your market, set clear objectives, create an effective exhibition, and stand out from your competitors by offering a unique advantage. All this is an excellent way to determine the desired results and plan accordingly to get them.  

As for PEER Bearing, we're doing just that by attending not one but two tradeshows this month.

First, is the WEST PACK show at the Anaheim Convention Center February 8th-11th.  The West Pack's main focus is targeted for the packaging and material handling industry.  It is an interesting mix of attendees and exhibitors because it touches an array of markets like medical, biotech, and cyber security, all facing packaging challenges. 

What's appealing to PEER Bearing is the chance to network with all of these different markets and gain exposure on how our bearings can better streamline their material handling needs.

Simultaneously to the WEST PACK EXPO,  PEER Bearing will be at World Ag Expo in Tulare, California.  We enjoy exhibiting at the World AG Expo and gaining exposure with our end-users. It's an eye-opening expo because although everyone works in agriculture, the World Ag Expo captures a larger net than some regional exhibitions, therefore, includes more diverse farming like the harvest of nuts and berries division.

PEER Bearing team members can be found in our double-size booth located at # 4500 &4501.  We will be on hand to display and discuss the advantage of our AG XTREME catalog which includes three master offerings from the series, namely: 
  • The TILLXTREME, which is maintenance free and is up to the task of being driven harder and faster by farmers keen to improve production volumes. 
  • The SEEDXTREME, which has  revolutionized the process of sowing and drastically reduces time to market by increasing the drop capacity of producers. 
  • The TURFXTREME, which is a boon for the Lawn and Garden industry, because it is capable of contamination exclusion to prolong the life of the equipment. 

If you plan on attending the World of AG Expo, please mark your agendas to include stopping by PEER Bearing booths 4500 & 4501. We'd be happy to discuss how our products might be the solutions for your agricultural needs. Plus any excuse to discuss agriculture with like-minded individuals is reason enough to get over to our booth! See you there.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Happy News for the New Year: PEER Bearing Receives Awards and Recognition from Partners and Media in the Agriculture Industry

What a way to start off the New Year! Earlier this month, we received news that PEER Bearing is being honored with more awards and recognition from manufacturers and media in the agriculture industry. Every day, we’re grateful to our partners and customers in the targeted industries we serve who vocally, or silently, appreciate and commend us for our hard work and dedication. At PEER, we’re dedicated to supplying the highest quality bearing solutions to the agriculture industry,as well as other industries. We believe being recognized and honored with awards proves our dedication and also generates a very special feeling of appreciation among our employees. So, to our customers and industry partners – and to everyone – we say a big “thank you”! We truly appreciate the awards and honors!


PEER Bearing has been awarded “Partner-Level Performance Status” from John Deere for “Achieving Excellence” in 2015. In fact, 2015 was the 12th year in a row that we achieved this level of performance and were awarded this honor. According to Samuel R. Allen, Chairman and CEO for Deere & Company, “John Deere is committed to those linked to the land… [and] we are committed to offering products and services with differentiated value.  The Achieving Excellence process is an important part of our plan to meet this aspiration. The main objective of Achieving Excellence is to drive continuous improvement in our supply chain in a way that benefits our suppliers and John Deere.” At PEER, we’re proud and honored to be a part of the John Deere Achieving Excellence program.

More good news: We’re also very excited about having one of our Exclusive Bearing products selected as the “2016 FinOvation Award” winner! Readers of Farm Industry News selected the PEER TillXtreme bearing as their choice to receive the award. The “FinOvation Award” recognizes and highlights innovative new products and ideas in the farming industry, and the award has been given out for more than two decades. We’re honored to be the most recent recipient, and our company’s president, Brian Cohen, will be attending the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky next month to accept the award.


We promise to keep you updated as more good news, awards and recognition roll our way this year. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about PEER Bearing and our products, visit our website. Or reach out to us at 1-800-433-7337.

Monday, December 14, 2015

At PEER Bearing, We Focus On Manufacturing Ball And Roller Bearings – And On Feeding The Hungry And Helping People In Our Community – All Year Long

While we are focused on manufacturing ball and roller bearings all year long, at PEER Bearing we are also focused on reaching out to our community and helping people in need, both locally here in Illinois and around the world. This time of year, as we celebrate the holidays and begin a new year, it’s the perfect time to talk about our company’s philanthropic philosophy and efforts.

We believe in helping and serving people in need. Each year, PEER Bearing employees participate in a Giving Tree program to help families in our local community celebrate the holidays. Giving back to our local community and helping people is something we’re dedicated to doing all year long. We are also active participants in Feeding America and its local partner, the Northern Illinois Food Bank. No one should be hungry, and helping to solve the hunger problem is something we are committed to doing. Through the Feeding America program and the Northern Illinois Food Bank, we are doing our part to help.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank provides food and services to more than 71,000 people each week right here in Illinois, where PEER’s U.S. headquarters is located. But, the Food Bank’s efforts are part of a much more extensive program throughout the U.S. The Feeding America website says the organization serves 46.5 million Americans in need and that “hunger is tough any time of year -- but it’s tougher during the holidays.” PEER Bearing sponsors initiatives throughout the year, including our Customer Service Week program, to help feed hungry people in Illinois and across the U.S.


But PEER Beairng is a global company with locations in Asia, Mexico, Latin America, South America and Europe, so the PEER Bearing family and our community extends around the world. We enjoy helping as many people as we can, and we hope to participate in many more charitable and philanthropic programs around the world in the coming months and years. We’d be happy to tell you more about our charitable philanthropic efforts and plans, or about our company. Contact us at 1-800-433-7337 or visit the PEER Bearing website for more information.