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1919 Willard F. Rockwell started a company in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to exploit his invention of a new bearing system for lorry axles.
1928 Rockwell sold the company to the Timken-Detroit Axle Company, staying on as its manager
1933 He became president of Timken
1940 Rockwell became chairman of the board
During this period he was also president of several smaller companies.
1953 He merged the different companies into Timken to form the Rockwell Spring and Axle Company, of which he was chairman of the board.
1958 Rockwell Spring and Axle was renamed Rockwell Standard Corporation, one of the largest suppliers of parts to the vehicle industry. It produced a wide variety of automobile parts, such as transmissions, gears, springs, bumpers, and especially axles for lorries, buses, streetcars, tractors and other motorized vehicles.