You don’t get to stay in business for 50 years without having done some things right along the way, and gearmotor manufacturer Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. certainly provides a compelling case for the virtues of doing the right thing to succeed in a fiercely competitive market. Founded in 1960 by three Chicago-area entrepreneurs who derived the company’s name from their last initials (B-S-N), the upstart manufacturer of gears evolved into a prominent supplier of a broad range of gearmotors, electric motors and gear reducers for hundreds of customers—with the company’s gearmotors today incorporated in a broad variety of foodservice equipment at virtually every fast-food establishment around the world.
According to Bison owner and company chairman Ron Bullock, the company’s longevity and success can be credited to its firm commitment to ongoing skills training, R&D and customer focus.
"While Bison’s continuous growth and development have been driven by our many loyal customers, to whom we are very thankful, it would not have been possible without the commitment to excellence that has driven our associates now for a half-century," Bullock told more then 200 Bison employees at last month’s 50th anniversary celebration at Bison’s 115,000-square-foot headquarters facility in St. Charles, Ill.
"Going forward, Bison’s strong focus on skills training and research and development will ensure our next half century of success as an American manufacturer," says Bullock, noting that Bison is now the only sizeable manufacturer of AC motors left in the U.S.
A keen practitioner of the Six Sigma manufacturing philosophy, Bison today produces an extensive range of of fractional horsepower gearmotors and AC motors for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) in various industrial sectors.