A Billion Reasons to Celebrate

September 26, 2015

 On September 26, 2015, Carlisle belts celebrated the sale of its one billionth belt.

How many is a billion? One billion is a thousand million - that’s a lot of belts. If a billion Carlisle belts were put on top of each other, they would reach to the moon.  If you tried to count those one billion belts, you would be counting for 95 years. This is a milestone achievement and represents the solid execution of all employees, both past and present.


Carlisle Belts, headquartered in Springfield, Missouri with a sister facility located in Fort Scott, Kansas, is an industry-leading supplier of power transmission belts for industrial, commercial and consumer applications. Founded over 100 years ago, the product line is engineered for maximum performance and durability.

More than 900 were in attendance at the Billionth Belt celebration including active employees, their families and retirees. Local city councilman Craig Fishel presented a billionth belt commemorative plaque and on behalf of Mayor Robert Stephens, proclaimed September 26, 2015 “Billionth Belt Day” in Springfield, Missouri.  John Vassilaros, president of the belts business, emphasized the years of effort and teamwork that made this milestone happen, noting that this isn’t just about now, but about all the people that contributed in the past.  It’s also about a bright future and a new foundation with Timken. 

From left to right: Dennis McCambridge, vice president; John Vassilaros, president; and Springfield city councilman Craig Fishel.

$9,221 was raised through raffle sales, baked goods/cookbook sales, and a live auction of donated items from generous associates, vendors and suppliers. Proceeds support charities including Toys for Tots and Vets Helping Vets.

The world’s leading manufacturers specify Carlisle belts. They know that they can count on Carlisle belts to keep their equipment running... time after time, through all kinds of adverse conditions. Behind every Carlisle belt is a dedicated team of sales people, engineers, chemists, technicians, and craftsmen that take pride in every belt they make. It's their skill and dedication that have made Carlisle one of the world's leading brands of industrial belts...the belts that keep our lives in motion.

About The Timken Company

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; www.timken.com) engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, transmissions, gearboxes, chain and related products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. The leading authority on tapered roller bearings, Timken today applies its deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology and mechanical power transmission across a variety of bearings and related systems to improve reliability and efficiency of machinery and equipment all around the world. The company's growing product and services portfolio features many strong industrial brands including Timken®, Fafnir®, Philadelphia Gear®, Carlisle®, Drives® and Interlube™. Known for its quality products and collaborative technical sales model, Timken posted $3.1 billion in sales in 2014. With 14,000 employees operating from 28 countries, Timken makes the world more productive and keeps industry in motion.