Phil It Up: BDS Makes Two Acquisitions

Philadelphia-based bearings company acquirers two area repair ops and distributors

Bearing & Drive Solutions (BDS) of the Philadelphia region, a familiar name in the world of industrial distribution since 1978, has acquired two more stalwarts in the industry: Philadelphia Ball and Roller Bearing (that of 400 N. 6th St. in Philadelphia) and Universal Motor Distributors, BDS announced July 24 in a press release sent to EA.

The acquisitions were made official on July 17 and “will help to facilitate the already established and reputable distribution and repair services available through Bearing & Drive Solutions,” the company said. BDS has a number of specialty applications, including spray welding: 

Combined, the organizations will now represent 15 locations of distribution, 3 electrical and mechanical repair shops, G3 Automation (the BDS Automation and Panel Building Division), Talon Bearing (The Asset Recovery Group), and Sealing Specialties (Sealing for Industry). In all, BDS will now be home to over 250 employees, thus further solidifying BDS as one of the largest independent distributors in all of the northeastern United States.

With roots dating back to 1975, Universal Motor Distributors saw its inception under the hands of Sam Allen in Philadelphia. Now with over four decades of knowledge and experience in providing solutions to the HVAC and industrial markets involving the proper application and repair of electric motors, variable frequency drives, and related electro-mechanical equipment for commercial, industrial, municipal and industrial applications, the addition of Universal Motor Distributors to the BDS team “will undoubtedly be extremely beneficial to all customers both longstanding and new,” the companies believe.

Founded by the Bassett Family back in 1938, Philadelphia Ball and Roller Bearing will further expand our area of distribution centers in the Northeast. Similar to Bearing & Drive Solutions, Philadelphia Ball and Roller Bearing deals with the wholesale distribution of a variety of industrial equipment. Bearing & Drive Solutions was founded in 1978 in Souderton, PA. Originating as a distributor of bearings and mechanical transmission products, BDS “has now developed into a full-blown powerhouse” providing effective industrial maintenance solutions in all areas including fluid power, material handling, automation, and mechanical-electrical repair.

“With the addition of both Philadelphia Ball and Roller Bearing and Universal Motor Distributors to the Bearing & Drive Solutions family the combination of experience, technical expertise, and immediate product availability now available to customers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and surrounding states will be immeasurable beyond compare,” the press release stated. “BDS president Mark Stevens is overjoyed to introduce the all new Philadelphia Bearing & Drive Solutions and Universal Bearing & Drive Solutions to all!” 

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