Ray M. Ring Original Building ABOUT BHQ

About Bearing Headquarters

Since 1934, Bearing Headquarters has been your partner in the evolving field of American Industry.  We stock competitive products, offer reliable repairs and five metalworking shops, all to fulfill one primary goal — to keep your business running and operating at peak performance.

The result is optimum results and measurable benefits for our customers:

  • Reduced downtime through extended product life
  • Increased reliability from proper form, fit and function
  • Reduced inventory as a result of parts standardization
  • Identification of critical spares

Service First™ Heritage

“Service First” is not a term we take lightly.  It has been at the core of our entire business from the very beginning.  It drives our employees, from the top down.

Bearing Headquarters strives for total customer satisfaction. Our staff works tirelessly to tailor solutions to meet individual customer needs, providing hard-to-find products and services not easily secured elsewhere.

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The History of BHQ

1934 1934 Founded in 1934, Bearing Headquarters was originally known as the Ray M. Ring Company — a single-location bearing and power transmission distributor in Chicago, Illinois. With an initial investment of $500 and just one assistant, Founder Ray M. Ring and his successor Frank Timble steadily grew the company into a recognized leader in the distribution industry. Grey and black background pattern. Gear Graphic Exterior of original Ray M. Ring company 1939

The Ray M. Ring Company changed its name to Bearing Headquarters to fully reflect the company’s extensive core offering of bearings and related items.
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1955-1979 1955 - 1979 Over a 20-plus year period, Bearing Headquarters made a number of purchases to better support its customer’s needs. Several machine, fabrication, specialty manufacturing and gear manufacturing shops were brought under the BHQ umbrella during this timeframe. The new shops proved to be a tremendous asset fueling the expansion of Bearing Headquarters’ service offerings. The shops have since been updated with modernized CNC equipment and cutting-edge laser measuring devices. Grey and black background pattern. Man holding an industrial mechanical part. Gear Graphic 1995
Bearing Headquarters expanded once again in the mid-1990s with the purchase of a hydraulic repair shop known as Highland Hydraulics. The addition of this shop expanded Bearing Headquarters’ repair capabilities and hydraulic development abilities even further.
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Bearing Headquarters Mission Statement

Service First™ customer satisfaction is our number one priority as we strive to solve the toughest application problems with cost-effective, competitive, and reliable solutions that help our customers exceed their industry goals.


Core Values

  • Bearing Headquarters Company will be the “Number One Best” customer service company in its industry.
  • Total Customer Satisfaction is the driving force behind all Bearing Headquarters supply channel initiatives and services.
  • BHQ will provide world-class technical support to all of its customers.
  • What is important to the customer will always be the highest priority to Bearing Headquarters.
  • Bearing Headquarters will only distribute and manufacture those mechanical and fluid power products that meet the highest quality and technical standards available worldwide.
  • We believe that every single job description within Bearing Headquarters is involved in customer service, and that all BHQ team members function as each other’s internal customers.
  • Exceeding customer needs and expectations is Bearing Headquarters’ premier objective and goal.