Kingsbury, Inc. Celebrates Centennial

Philadelphia, PA (May 22, 2012)Get Hi-Res Image

Throughout 2012, Kingsbury, Inc. is delighted to be celebrating a century of innovation that began in 1912 with the first successful installation of Dr. Albert Kingsbury's invention at a hydro generating station on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Central Pennsylvania. The utility, known then as Pennsylvania Power and Water, had been using rolling element bearings in the Holtwood Generating Station's ten hydro turbines in its early years, and they were wearing out within months due to the 220 ton loads. The utility was on the verge of bankruptcy when, in desperation, the owners gave the aspiring inventor a chance to test his fluid film bearing. For more on the history, see

Albert Kingsbury's innate abilities, his family history, the tools and education available to him, and the chance to flourish in a century burgeoning with industrial creativity, all contributed to the iconic Kingsbury Thrust Bearing that today makes possible commerce and industries that were previously limited by friction. Kingsbury's invention enables power generation turbines and generators to achieve faster speeds and higher loads, and it enables compressors, pumps and other critical rotating equipment in oil & gas and petrochemical industries to meet their production goals. Today, Kingsbury bearings – in a wide range of advanced designs and configurations – are at work all over the world, quietly and reliably supporting thrust loads up to 4 million pounds (2000 tonnes).


The original bearing at the Holtwood station is still operating today with all its original parts. When it was inspected at the 25th anniversary in 1937, there was so little wear that it was determined it still had 1,300 years of life remaining. In the interim, many refinements were made to the original design, such as a load equalization, direct lubrication, alternative bearing materials, etc. For further details, please click on literature.

Now, 100 years later, Kingsbury, Inc. continues to enable superior machine performance through expert bearing solutions, by applying world-class engineering, continuous research and development and a commitment to problem-solving that is the hallmark of its reputation in the industry. Still family owned, the company is proud of its long-term stability and industry leadership.

About Kingsbury, Inc.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, USA, Kingsbury designs and manufactures a wide variety of standard and custom fluid-film thrust and journal bearings for rotating equipment applications, including hydroelectric, gas and steam turbines; compressors, gearboxes, pumps, air preheaters and ship propulsion systems. The company has maintained its position as the industry leader through continuing research and development, engineering integrity, and world-class customer service.

For more information about this announcement or about Kingsbury, Inc, contact Mick McCann, Vice President of Sales & Marketing,10385 Drummond Road, Philadelphia PA 19154 USA.