FROM AIRPLANES, AUTOMOBILES, AND TRACTORS TO MOTORS AND MACHINE TOOLS, THE WORLD REVOLVES ON FAFNIR BEARINGS.
“Fafnir” was the dragon guarding the gold in the Wagnerian opera. It also enhanced sales by the Germanic implication of quality for ball bearings first made domestically for New Britain’s Corbin automobile in 1900.
Fafnir manufacture grew from six bearings per day to over 200,000 per day to become the largest independent manufacturer of ball and roller bearings in the United States. Eight thousand people were employed in New Britain and Newington, Connecticut, in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, England, North Ireland and Germany.
The Museum displays its wide range of sizes and types of precision bearings used in autos, aircraft, machine tools, farm, textile and construction machinery, household appliances, jet engines, computers, space vehicles, nuclear reactors and more.
A tribute to the fine example of high technology prowess, creativity and work ethic of the twentieth century and its value added contribution to economic well-being of the era.
Fafnir research programs and unique bearings and assemblies were contributions to man’s escape from the planet on all the late l960s trips to the moon.