Dr. Albert Kingsbury invented the hydrodynamic thrust bearing in 1912 and, from there, built a company and a legacy that continues today under the stewardship of the Kingsbury family.

The workplace culture of Kingsbury is one that values the individual and not just the work. This focus applies to both the individual employee and the customer, and is reflective of the core beliefs of ownership and management. As a member of the Kingsbury team, you will experience a supportive and collaborative environment with a continuous improvement mindset. Kingsbury and its products hold an unequaled reputation across the globe for technical leadership and unsurpassed excellence and quality. Ownership, employees, and customers are all proud to say, “I’m with Kingsbury”.


What We Do

Dr. Kingsbury’s patented tilting-pad, fluid-film bearing, first installed at Holtwood Generating station in Pennsylvania in 1912, permitted the design of larger, more heavily loaded hydroturbine-generators, such as those operating at Hoover Dam and hundreds of other installations world-wide. In 1987, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers awarded the International Historical Landmark Award to Dr. Kingsbury’s invention, an achievement in a league with other esteemed recipients, such as Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone and the Saturn V rocket.

The spirit of ingenuity and excellence in engineering initiated by Albert Kingsbury has remained the cornerstone of what Kingsbury strives to provide the world. Kingsbury thrust and journal bearings, from large, heavily loaded bearings over 100-inches in diameter for hydro-turbines; to small, very high speed bearings for carbon-capture compressors, are designed, tested, and manufactured to allow machine builders to extend the size, load, and speed of the equipment they build. This results in better, more efficient machines and processes, providing a positive, global impact.

Kingsbury bearings support and enable efficient machinery operations in applications from power generation, oil & gas, and dozens of other industrial rotating equipment applications. Kingsbury proudly provides main propulsion and various support systems bearings to the U.S. Navy and provides Messinger rolling element bearings for various military platforms. Kingsbury operates a continuously staffed R&D laboratory which tests and develops bearing designs, and is the basis for our ability to very accurately predict performance and provide troubleshooting and other application assistance for our customers. Kingsbury actively participates with machine designers and the large end users who are embracing more environmentally-conscious processes, and strives to offer materials and bearing design features that facilitate clean energy initiatives.


Who We Are

Purpose:

We enable superior machine performance through expert bearing solutions.

Kingsbury Provides:

  • Expert solutions
  • Reliable support
  • Uncompromised performance
Mission:

At Kingsbury, we are committed to providing our customers with products and services designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards. As a world-renowned bearing supplier, Kingsbury will meet or exceed our customers’ quality, performance and delivery expectations, and do so at a fair market price. Kingsbury will act in an ethical and principled manner toward its employees and the communities in which it resides. To its owners, Kingsbury will endeavor to provide a fair return on investment.

Core Values & Beliefs:
  • We value the needs of our customers in all that we do
  • We nurture our employees’ personal well-being and professional development
  • We strive for innovation in our products and our processes
  • We engender continuous improvement throughout all aspects of our business
  • We do what it takes to protect and enhance Kingsbury’s reputation by doing it right the first time
  • We attend to key matters with a sense of urgency
  • We are one company, one team
  • We are all accountable for the bottom line

“We live and work in an increasingly competitive, global market, and the pace of business continues to accelerate. At Kingsbury, we embrace that challenge, and bringing our knowledge, skills, and spirit to our customers. ALL of that comes from our employees. We strive to hire the best, to train and educate them, and we believe that a good work-life balance, with family as a priority, is important. With the full support of the Kingsbury family, we aim to provide good benefits and compensation. We are proud to claim a retention rate and average tenure that is well above average for our industry.

Despite the fact that we operate multiple plants and design, install, and service our products in every corner of the globe, we maintain that small company, family company feel. Recently, a young, relatively new employee approached me following a quarterly update meeting. He thanked me and spent about five minutes telling me why working for Kingsbury had been such a positive experience so far. He said he’d worked a few previous jobs and the biggest difference at Kingsbury was that people really cared about what they were doing, and the product they were helping to make. Thinking about it, then and now, that’s the one thing I’d like people to know about Kingsbury!!”

- Mike Brawley, President & CEO

Meet Eve Clulow, Chairman of the Board

Kingsbury’s current Chairman of the Board, appointed in July 2018, is Ms. Eve Clulow, great-granddaughter of the company’s founder, Dr. Albert Kingsbury. Eve’s grandfather, businessman Quinto Maganini, succeeded Albert Kingsbury as the company’s second president from 1943 until 1974. Eve’s mother, Margaretta Maganini Clulow, served as Chairman of the Board from 1975 until 2006, when Dr. Joseph Hill (cousin-in-law to Eve) assumed the title.

One might say that Kingsbury, Inc. was Eve’s destiny from a young age. As a child, Eve often accompanied her mother to Kingsbury’s Philadelphia headquarters for board meetings and got to know many of the employees, several of whom are still with the company today. It was only a matter of time (1991, to be exact) before she joined the board of directors. Eve served as a board member for 27 years before being elected to her current position as Chairman.


Corporate Events

Forging Company and Community Connections

Kingsbury employees enthusiastically embrace the company’s family culture. Every year we have several corporate and employee-hosted events. Many of these events and other activities result in, or include community service or donations, which are always matched by the Kingsbury family. Below are photo albums of our most recent celebrations. We hope you’ll enjoy browsing through them as much as we enjoyed creating them!

At Kingsbury, Inc., we derive great satisfaction from giving back to our community by volunteering our time and resources. Our support has had a positive effect on numerous organizations, including:
  • Aid for Friends
  • American Cancer Society
  • Foundation for Free Enterprise Education
  • The Humane Society
  • King’s Veterans Home
  • Oshkosh Food Pantry
  • Philabundance
  • Philadelphia Firefighters Association
  • Savings Paws
  • SPIN (Special People in Northeast Philadelphia)
  • St. Jude Children’s Hospital
  • Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Company Benefits

We’ve Got You Covered

Kingsbury understands that our employees are our number one asset, so keeping them happy and healthy is a top priority. Here are some of the ways we accomplish that:

  • Excellent health, vision, & dental insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Account (HSA) Programs
  • Wellness reimbursement programs
  • Company matching 401(k) savings, Safe Harbor company contributions, and post-tax Roth IRA accounts
  • Company-paid life insurance and short-term disability policies
  • Voluntary long-term disability insurance
  • Generous paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Educational assistance
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Service award recognition

Career Development

Keeping You on Top of Your Game

A company is only as a good as its people! At Kingsbury, we pride ourselves in hiring and developing great talent. We support this by continually identifying individuals with the right combination of aptitude and attitude and offering the following programs:

  • Continuing education assistance
  • Training and development
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Internships
  • Scholarships
College Partnerships
  • Drexel
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Fox Valley Technical College
  • Williamson College of the Trades
Apprenticeship Programs
  • Youth Apprentice – Machinist
  • Machinist Apprentice
  • Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprentice
  • Industrial Electrician Apprentice
Machine
Apprentice Completion
Youth
Apprentice Completion
University of New
Hampshire Internship
Sutter High
School Tour

Commitment to Safety

An Ongoing Priority

Kingsbury, Inc. prioritizes the safety of its employees, contractors, customers and the communities it serves. Kingsbury strives to prevent all accidents, injuries and occupational illnesses through the active participation of all stakeholders. The company actively pursues efforts to engender and support environmental health and safety, as well. As a part of this commitment, Kingsbury conducts its business in a manner that encourages and supports safety, promotes employee engagement in workplace health and safety, and endeavors to achieve a Total Safety Culture.


Career Opportunities

Job Openings

Diversity & Inclusion

Kingsbury, Inc. is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are based on merit without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.