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Cleveland Gear Co. / HQ: Cleveland / Employees: 100 / Products: Open worm and helical/spur gearing John Atkinson, vice president: “If it’s within our capabilities, we will develop a solution to the problem.” Continued Growth Cleveland Gear Co. was established in 1912 as a manufacturer of worm gearing, which, at the time, was often used for rear axle drives in automotive applications. Over time, the company’s product line expanded to include enclosed worm drives and speed reducers. And it began serving other markets, such as the steel , electric power generation, paper printing and material handling industries. “In 1995, we expanded our custom enclosed drive products to include helical and helical-bevel enclosed drives,” Atkinson notes. Cleveland Gear hired experienced sales and engineering personnel as part of this expansion. Those hired, including Atkinson, brought more than 60 years of experience with a variety of custom gear drives. The company opted to take advantage of a neglected market segment that year and expanded its product portfolio. Today, Cleveland Gear’s custom drive offerings include worm, helical, bevel and spur gearing. “We pride ourselves on our capability to meet our customers’ specifications and provide them with a gear drive that is highly reliable and produced in a timely fashion so they can meet their own production requirements,” Atkinson states. cleveland gear has many long-term relationships with clients. Into High Gear cleveland gear designs and customizes its gearing to meet a variety of customer needs. by kathryn jones For almost a century, Cleveland Gear Co. has sustained its reputation for producing high-quality worm gearing with an emphasis on precision, performance and on-time delivery. The Cleveland-based manufacturer’s long-term relationships with vendors, suppliers and customers are solid proof of that, according to John Atkinson, vice president of sales, who says the company’s willingness to customize is one way it stands out in the industry. 96 SUMMER 2010 Inside Capabilities A distinguishing feature of Cleveland Gear’s manufacturing operations is its capability to design its own tooling for the cutting of worm gearing and worm threads. This is unusual in today’s marketplace, Atkinson says. “We can also produce many of our own hobs for the cutting of the gears in-house. Again, that is unusual,” Atkinson remarks. “We’ve always had our own hob making and design capabilities. Making our own tooling also sets us apart from the majority of companies that produce the larger worm gearing.” “The thing we try to emphasize to our customers is we don’t shy away from their applications or requests,” Atkinson says. “We have the capability to design and produce both gearing and gear drives to our customers’ specifications. We have pre-engineered gear sets and gear drives that we can either customize to meet customers’ requirements, or we can design from a clean sheet of paper. If it’s within our capabilities, we will design a solution to the problem.”

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Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010
Global Strategies
Continuous Improvement
Smart Pricing
Supply Chain
Business Value
Moving Forward
Westmark Products
Byrne Dairy
Ultrafryer Systems Inc.
Wil-Rich LLC & Wishek MFG LLC
American Precision Fabricators
Aqua Products Inc.
Black Diamond Equipment
Columbian Home Products
Control Devices LLC
Endustra Filter Manufacturers Inc
Heil Trailer International
Assembled Products
Order-Matic Corp.
Professional Building Systems Inc.
Smart Start Inc
Bosal International
Ausco Products Inc.
Brodart Company
Cambrex Corp.
Chapin International Inc.
Cleveland Gear Co.
Consolidated Precision Products
Control Flow Inc.
Douglas Autotech Corp.
Fetzer Architectural Products
The FNA Group
Fourslide Spring and Stamping Inc.
G.A. West & Company
Great Lakes Power Group
Grimm Brothers Plastics
Legends Furniture Inc.
National Tube Supply Co.
Optex Systems Inc.
Sunburst Electronics
V.E. Enterprises Inc
W. Soule & Company
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Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010