Stamped Steel Bearing Housing Specialists

Company founder Harvey A. Chapman obtained a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1927. He and his wife Ruth Chapman established Manitou Manufacturing in 1968.

Their first product line was bronze bushed pillow block bearing assemblies for grain augers. Since then, additional types and sizes of bearing assemblies have been added to the Manitou product list. Over 30 years ago, a customer asked Manitou to produce pillow block sets for ball bearings. Their customer needed heavy-duty stamped steel top and base straps like the ones used on Manitou's bearing assemblies.

It was not long before customers began requesting that Manitou produce flanges.... (more)


"Production run" means making a lot of one product at once. The factories listed under "production" can produce small and/or large quantities. The minimum order for a production run can vary from factory to factory (some have no minimum, some require a dozen, and some require up to 1,000 to be made at once)