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  • In a technological breakthrough that pioneers modern bearing manufacturing, Schweinfurt, Germany-based Friedrich Fischer invents a steel ball grinding mill that allowed steel balls to be ground to an absolutely round state in large volumes.

    1883

    In a technological breakthrough that pioneers modern bearing manufacturing, Schweinfurt, Germany-based Friedrich Fischer invents a steel ball grinding mill that allowed steel balls to be ground to an absolutely round state in large volumes.

    The FAG brand - an acronym for Fischers Aktiengesellschaft (Fischer's Stock Corporation) - is registered in Germany.

    1905

    The FAG brand - an acronym for Fischers Aktiengesellschaft (Fischer's Stock Corporation) - is registered in Germany.

    The Barden Corporation is founded by Theodore Barth and Carl Norden.

    1942

    The Barden Corporation is founded by Theodore Barth and Carl Norden.

    INA is founded by Dr. Wilhelm Schaeffler and his brother, Dr.-Ing. E.h. Georg Schaeffler, in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

    1946

    INA is founded by Dr. Wilhelm Schaeffler and his brother, Dr.-Ing. E.h. Georg Schaeffler, in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

    FAG's first manufacturing plant in North America is established in Stratford, Canada.

    1953

    FAG's first manufacturing plant in North America is established in Stratford, Canada.

    Barden moves to its current location in Danbury, Connecticut.

    1957

    Barden moves to its current location in Danbury, Connecticut.

    INA begins its U.S. operations - a joint venture with Fafnir Bearing Co. - in Cheraw, South Carolina.

    1964

    INA begins its U.S. operations - a joint venture with Fafnir Bearing Co. - in Cheraw, South Carolina.

    Partially owned by INA, LuK (Lamellen und Kupplungsbau) GmbH is founded in Buehl, Germany.

    1965

    Partially owned by INA, LuK (Lamellen und Kupplungsbau) GmbH is founded in Buehl, Germany.

    Featuring a 240,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant, Joplin, Missouri, becomes the home of FAG's first production site  in the U.S.

    1969

    Featuring a 240,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant, Joplin, Missouri, becomes the home of FAG's first production site in the U.S.

    After INA assumes 100% control of its joint venture from Fafnir parent Textron, INA Bearing Company is incorporated in Cheraw, South Carolina.

    1969

    After INA assumes 100% control of its joint venture from Fafnir parent Textron, INA Bearing Company is incorporated in Cheraw, South Carolina.

    A joint venture between LuK GmbH and Modern Tool & Die Co. results in the incorporation of LuK, Inc. in Wooster, Ohio.

    1977

    A joint venture between LuK GmbH and Modern Tool & Die Co. results in the incorporation of LuK, Inc. in Wooster, Ohio.

    LuK starts shipping an 11-inch clutch - the first clutch to be designed, developed and manufactured in Wooster - for the Ford F-Series pickup.

    1978

    LuK starts shipping an 11-inch clutch - the first clutch to be designed, developed and manufactured in Wooster - for the Ford F-Series pickup.

    LuK's Wooster plant undergoes its first expansion with the construction of heat treat and stamping facilities, expanding the factory by over 50%.

    1979

    LuK's Wooster plant undergoes its first expansion with the construction of heat treat and stamping facilities, expanding the factory by over 50%.

    LuK launches its Tool and Die Apprenticeship Program in Wooster where employees are trained to develop and maintain tools for manufacturing.

    1980

    LuK launches its Tool and Die Apprenticeship Program in Wooster where employees are trained to develop and maintain tools for manufacturing.

  • INA Plant 2 opens in Chesterfield, South Carolina, to manufacture tripod rollers to GM-Saginaw specifications for its FWD cars.

    1982

    INA Plant 2 opens in Chesterfield, South Carolina, to manufacture tripod rollers to GM-Saginaw specifications for its FWD cars.

    Automotive Aftermarket business is established in the region.

    The Wooster facility is the first location within the global LuK organization to produce torque converter dampers.

    1984

    The Wooster facility is the first location within the global LuK organization to produce torque converter dampers.

    INA opens its third South Carolina manufacturing plant, now known as FM1, in Fort Mill, SC.

    1984

    INA opens its third South Carolina manufacturing plant, now known as FM1, in Fort Mill, SC.

    INA opens its North American Corporate Headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    1985

    INA opens its North American Corporate Headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    LuK, Inc. expands its press room in Wooster to accommodate a 2400-ton transfer press to produce heavy stampings and improve quality control.

    1985

    LuK, Inc. expands its press room in Wooster to accommodate a 2400-ton transfer press to produce heavy stampings and improve quality control.

    INA acquires Spartanburg, S.C.-based Andrews Bearing Co.

    1987

    INA acquires Spartanburg, S.C.-based Andrews Bearing Co.

    LuK, Inc. develops the first lock-up clutch.

    1987

    LuK, Inc. develops the first lock-up clutch.

    INA opens a new waste-treatment facility and 40,000-sq.-ft. expansion at its Plant 1 in Cheraw, South Carolina.

    1988

    INA opens a new waste-treatment facility and 40,000-sq.-ft. expansion at its Plant 1 in Cheraw, South Carolina.

    INA's Plant 1 in Cheraw expands by 90,000 sq. ft. to augment its manufacturing and shipping capabilities.

    1989

    INA's Plant 1 in Cheraw expands by 90,000 sq. ft. to augment its manufacturing and shipping capabilities.

    INA's manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, S.C., doubles its manufacturing space to begin production of standard high-volume rolling bearings.

    FAG Bearings of Schweinfurt, Germany, acquires The Barden Corporation.

    1990

    FAG Bearings of Schweinfurt, Germany, acquires The Barden Corporation.

  • INA Linear Technik, Inc. is incorporated in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

    1991

    INA Linear Technik, Inc. is incorporated in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

    Barden becomes part of FAG's Aircraft and Super Precision (ACSP) Division.

    1991

    Barden becomes part of FAG's Aircraft and Super Precision (ACSP) Division.

    INA opens a Technology Center on the Fort Mill, SC, campus.

    1993

    INA opens a Technology Center on the Fort Mill, SC, campus.

    LuK, Inc. receives a patent for the Self Adjusting Clutch (SAC). Designed for vehicles with manual transmissions, the innovative clutch can exceed the service life of the vehicle in which it is installed.

    1993

    LuK, Inc. receives a patent for the Self Adjusting Clutch (SAC). Designed for vehicles with manual transmissions, the innovative clutch can exceed the service life of the vehicle in which it is installed.

    LuK, Inc. is named the 1994 Wooster Area

    1994

    LuK, Inc. is named the 1994 Wooster Area "Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.” LuK, Inc. supplies over 50% of all automatic and manual transmission clutches to the Big 3 automakers.

    LuK, Inc. expands its engineering facilities in Wooster by 60,000 sq. ft.

    1995

    LuK, Inc. expands its engineering facilities in Wooster by 60,000 sq. ft.

    INA's Plant 2 in Cheraw, South Carolina, adds 19,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space - the facility's 5th expansion - for grinding mechanical bucket lifters.

    1997

    INA's Plant 2 in Cheraw, South Carolina, adds 19,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space - the facility's 5th expansion - for grinding mechanical bucket lifters.

    LuK  Wooster builds a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility to house the new torque converter business for Allison.

    1997

    LuK Wooster builds a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility to house the new torque converter business for Allison.

    INA Bearing Company Inc. changes its name to INA USA Corporation.

    1998

    INA Bearing Company Inc. changes its name to INA USA Corporation.

    INA's Linear product line relocates to Spartanburg, South Carolina.

    1999

    INA's Linear product line relocates to Spartanburg, South Carolina.

    LuK Wooster is the first member of the LuK Group to produce a dry dual-mass flywheel.

    2000

    LuK Wooster is the first member of the LuK Group to produce a dry dual-mass flywheel.

    LuK, Inc is integrated into the global Schaeffler Group.

    2000

    LuK, Inc is integrated into the global Schaeffler Group.

    FAG opens a 143,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Stratford, Ontario. Located on 14 acres, the facility produces world-class aerospace bearings.

    2000

    FAG opens a 143,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Stratford, Ontario. Located on 14 acres, the facility produces world-class aerospace bearings.

  • INA's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, expands by 30,000 sq. ft. to house the new Linear Quick Center.

    2001

    INA's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, expands by 30,000 sq. ft. to house the new Linear Quick Center.

    INA USA is recognized as Supplier of the Year as well as Corporation of the Year by General Motors.

    2001

    INA USA is recognized as Supplier of the Year as well as Corporation of the Year by General Motors.

    INA's Plant 6 (now known as FM2) in Fort Mill, South Carolina, begins production of  VCT systems

    2001

    INA's Plant 6 (now known as FM2) in Fort Mill, South Carolina, begins production of VCT systems.

    Schaeffler acquires FAG Bearing Co.; the merged company becomes the world's second-largest rolling bearing manufacturer. In the U.S., the Danbury, Conn.-based Barden manufacturing plant and the Winsted, Conn.-based Winsted factory are now under the Schaeffler umbrella.

    2001

    Schaeffler acquires FAG Bearing Co.; the merged company becomes the world's second-largest rolling bearing manufacturer. In the U.S., the Danbury, Conn.-based Barden manufacturing plant and the Winsted, Conn.-based Winsted factory are now under the Schaeffler umbrella.

    The Schaeffler Group - consisting of LuK, INA and FAG - is officially launched.

    2003

    The Schaeffler Group - consisting of LuK, INA and FAG - is officially launched.

    The North American Automotive Center opens in Troy, Michigan. The facility houses engineering offices and a state-of-the-art test lab that is equipped with multiple test cells capable of performing extensive test simulations for automotive components.

    2003

    The North American Automotive Center opens in Troy, Michigan. The facility houses engineering offices and a state-of-the-art test lab that is equipped with multiple test cells capable of performing extensive test simulations for automotive components.

    INA USA Corporation changes its name to Schaeffler Group USA Inc.

    2004

    INA USA Corporation changes its name to Schaeffler Group USA Inc.

    LuK, Inc. changes its name to LuK USA LLC.

    2004

    LuK, Inc. changes its name to LuK USA LLC.

    LuK USA LLC produces its one-millionth torque converter.

    2004

    LuK USA LLC produces its one-millionth torque converter.

    Plant 2 in Cheraw, South Carolina, expands to accommodate new product lines.

    2005

    Plant 2 in Cheraw, South Carolina, expands to accommodate new product lines.

    Plant 1 in Cheraw, South Carolina, adds a 39,000-sq.-ft. Special Equipment building.

    2006

    Plant 1 in Cheraw, South Carolina, adds a 39,000-sq.-ft. Special Equipment building.

    LuK USA LLC celebrates its 30th anniversary.

    2007

    LuK USA LLC celebrates its 30th anniversary.

    2008

    Wooster's training academy is renamed the Schaeffler Academy as the facility becomes the official central training location for Schaeffler in North America.

    Schaeffler's Wooster facility expands into new markets by offering dampers featuring Schaeffler technology for hybrids and off-road applications.

    2009

    Schaeffler's Wooster facility expands into new markets by offering dampers featuring Schaeffler technology for hybrids and off-road applications.

    On October 9, Schaeffler successfully completes its initial public offering under the motto

    2015

    On October 9, Schaeffler successfully completes its initial public offering under the motto "We share our success."

    2016

    The Wooster campus officially breaks ground on its 20th major expansion.

    Schaeffler's regional headquarters for the Americas in Fort Mill celebrates the Grand Opening of the Corporate 2 administrative building and the expansion of the site's FM1 manufacturing plant.

    2017

    Schaeffler's regional headquarters for the Americas in Fort Mill celebrates the Grand Opening of the Corporate 2 administrative building and the expansion of the site's FM1 manufacturing plant.

    Schaeffler celebrates 40 years in Wooster and the completion of the campus' latest expansion project.

    2017

    Schaeffler celebrates 40 years in Wooster and the completion of the campus' latest expansion project.

    Schaeffler opens an office in Silicon Valley to foster new relationships with local disruptors, start-up companies and potential technology partners.

    2018

    Schaeffler opens an office in Silicon Valley to foster new relationships with local disruptors, start-up companies and potential technology partners.

    LuK USA LLC is named the 2018 Wooster Area

    2018

    LuK USA LLC is named the 2018 Wooster Area "Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year,” the only company to receive this honor twice.

    Schaeffler celebrates 75 years in Danbury.

    2018

    Schaeffler celebrates 75 years in Danbury.

    Schaeffler celebrates 60 years in Brazil.

    2018

    Schaeffler celebrates 60 years in Brazil.

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