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Participating Companies

Featured Illinois Manufacturer:
Frantz Manufacturing Company
About Company   Sterling, IL  

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Frantz Manufacturing Company was established in 1909 as a manufacturer of builder's hardware. In the 1930's, Frantz acquired a toy manufacturing company with a product line that included roller skates. Among the customers for skate wheels were material handling manufacturers who used the wheels in unit handling conveyors. While the toy division faded, the need for conveyor wheels grew and lived on.


The wheel line was broadened and extensively modified and improved to meet the need of 21st century global distribution. In 1947, the Sterling Steel Ball Division was established to manufacture and supply steel balls for bearing and wheel production. Sterling Steel Ball has since become a supplier of balls to the automotive, toy, cosmetic and paint industries. It is an ISO/TS 16949 certified supplier for drilled balls and compressor balls used in the automobile industry. Today Frantz sets the standard of excellence in the conveyor component and steel ball market segments where it competes. Consultative working relationships with its customers, engineer to engineer, enables Frantz to innovate solutions that solve customer problems and deliver value, rather than just sell product. Domestic manufacturing and testing facilities provide the quality assurance that gives its customers peace of mind regarding the products delivered. Lean production methods provide an enviable track record of on time delivery in less than container lot sizes that improve its customer's return on investment and conform to their lean production needs.


Our top products include:design, fabrication, heat treat, plating and assembly of a full line of conveyor bearings, ball transfers, skate wheels, and other components used primarily in the unit material handling industry. Manufactures steel balls used primarily in the automotive industry. Global sourcing expertise for peace of mind for customers seeking an economy product alternative. Engineering assistance and consultation in the design of custom anti-friction components for use in material handling equipment. Extensive performance load testing of conveyor products. Frantz advertises that we test our products to CEMA standards as a mark of excellence.


Conveyor bearings and steel balls

Contact Information:

Greg Yemm




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