1992 (March 26th)
The founder of Nationwide Bearing Co Ltd and still owner and director today Paul Birley who had gained experience whilst working in various roles within the bearing industry starting as a storesman, spending much time as a sales man before progressing to management at a large national bearing distributor. He then decided to go it alone and Nationwide Bearing Co Ltd was established on March 26th 1992 in a small 36m² office on Carcroft enterprise zone in Doncaster. From the first month the company was profitable and it was not long before the initial premises were no longer suitable.
In 1994 the company moved into a larger unit on the same industrial estate complete with a trade counter to service the local agricultural and construction customers.
The philosophy of nothing being too much trouble and the ability to source essential parts at short notice saw Nationwide Bearing Co Ltd gain their first multi national customer in Case International who we still proudly supply today. It was during this period that the NWB brand was born. In his previous roles Paul had spent much time visiting bearing and oil seal factories across Europe and the Far East gathering knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of different bearing manufacturers.
One of the first items to be supplied to Case international was a clutch release bearing that Case had been let down on by their current supplier. Paul managed to have the product designed, made and delivered in half the time that their current supplier had quoted and at a more cost effective price and from that day on NWB branded bearings began being delivered into the agricultural market.