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Registration is Open for the NEW BSA Digital Supply Chain Forum

This exclusive forum is designed for Information Technology and Supply Chain Leaders looking to drive business growth and inspire innovation in the digital future of our industry. The program begins at 11:00 am, Monday, October 16 and ends 12:00 pm, Tuesday, October 17. It is co-located with BSA/ABMA Fall Committee meetings at Oak Brook Hills Resort, Oak Brook, IL, easily accessible from Midway and O’Hare airports!

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Sale of Authorized Bearings: Customizable Brochures for Distributors and Manufacturers




Your Colleagues at BSA developed downloadable, customizable brochures promoting the Sale of Authorized Bearings. The brochures come with all you need to easily customize your Company Logo and your company name. Click here to access the all-inclusive file with Brochures for Distributors and Manufacturers on the BSA Members Only Website.

Five industry companies win first-ever BSA Excellence Awards

The Bearing Manufacturer Excellence of Innovation in Product Design Award recognizes companies for innovation and excellence in product design or technology.  BSA distributor members reviewed and ranked manufacturer innovation submissions.  Among the abundance of innovative product designs submitted, three submissions were chosen to be recognized for their outstanding service to the end use customer.

The winners of the 2016 Bearing Manufacturer Excellence of Innovation in Product Design Award are:


Baldor - Dodge for the ULTRA KLEEN Ball Bearing



Schaeffler Group for the FAG SmartCheck


The Timken Company for the Timken Sheave Pac Bearing Assembly



The 2016 BSA CBS Excellence Award recognized BSA Distributor Companies with the highest percentage of their inside and outside sales force’s having attained CBS status. BSA’s Certified Bearing Specialist (CBS) program is the only bearing industry-specific program that identifies and quantifies the specific skill sets to certify an industry professional as a bearing specialist.

Both of the CBS Excellence Award winning distributor companies have over 20% of their total sales force holding CBS status.  This award recognizes the esteemed regard of the CBS designation by these two companies specifically, and the industry as a whole.  The winners of the 2016 CBS Excellence Award are:

BDI Canada Inc

Bearing Headquarters Company



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BSA Elects new Officers for the 2016/2017 Fiscal Year

The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has elected John Ruth, BDI, as president for 2016-2017, effective July 1, 2016.

In addition to Ruth, the following industry leaders were elected to serve BSA in 2016-2017: Tim Breen, Motion Industries, Inc, as Chairman of the Board; Brian Davis, B&D Industrial, as Vice President; and Jim Scardina, Bearing Headquarters, as Treasurer. BSA also elected Jason Vasquez, Applied Industrial Technologies, Jim Williams, Motion Industries, and Benito Rodriguez, RIRSA, to serve three year terms on the Board of Directors. Thomas Weihsmann, Kaman Industrial Technologies and Brian Negri, Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc., were elected to fill one-year Board terms.

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Product Price Information Format

Product Price Information Format

One way to more efficient updates

The PPIF format was designed to increase the efficiency of vendor/purchaser information exchanges by providing common categorization of data.

Version 2.5 includes a change to the Product Price Information Format (PPIF) to add one optional field where a supplier will provide the Export Control Classification Number for each product on the PPIF. PPIF version 2.5 was released on January 1, 2015 with an effective date of March 31, 2015.

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