Canton Repository

September 25, 2003

Regula puts area companies in spending bill for contracts

Copley Washington correspondent

WASHINGTON — The Timken Co., a manufacturer in Orrville and the Cleveland Clinic are promised almost $7 million in federal contracts in a spending bill the House approved Wednesday.

Rep. Ralph Regula, R-Bethlehem Township, put the projects in the legislation, which is expected to receive approval from the Senate. Regula’s clout as the second-highest-ranking member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee helped him get the projects into the bill.

Timken, based in Canton, would receive a total of $3.8 million, including $1.4 million to continue the development of a specialized sensor to monitor temperature, vibration and strain in roller bearings. In the past three years, Timken has collected more than $5 million from the Defense Department to develop the sensors.

Timken is a leading producer of specialized bearings and specialty steel for demanding applications.

The spending bill, for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, contains $1.2 million for Timken to continue development of a high-speed bearing for use in the Joint Strike Fighter and other aircraft of the future. The company received $1.2 million from the government for the project this year.

The bill includes $1.2 million to pay Timken to develop advanced electric drives for military combat vehicles, a new project for the company.

Flo-Tork, a privately held manufacturer in Orrville, would receive $1.2 million to develop an electric actuator to replace hydraulic actuators on Navy ships. Actuators the company produces are used to generate or minimize motion within mechanical devices on nuclear submarines, ships, garbage trucks and other products, said Bob Bergman, a sales manager at the company.

The spending bill also provides $1.8 million to the Cleveland Clinic to finance research to improve image-guided surgery, which Regula said has the promise of making “surgeries shorter, safer and more effective.”