Beginning in the 1940’s the Spungen family has been synonymous with quality, integrity and loyalty. Our commitment has spanned four generations, combining many family traditions with new manufacturing capabilities. Join us for a virtual tour of the past and present:
Archer Sales Company, the precursor to 4GEN Bearing, opened between 1942-1944. We know that our Uncle Oscar (April 4, 1908 – August 29, 2001) sent a telegram to Great Grandpa Nate Spungen at the storefront location from his post on the German front during WWII. V-Mail telegram sent to Nate Spungen 1931 S. State Street, Chicago c/o Archer Sales. (Image Below)
November 29th, 1944
Uncle Oscar’s Purple Heart after being wounded in the Huertgen Forest, Germany Nov. 29, 1944. He was enlisted in the famous “Big Red One” 1st Infantry Division. Uncle Oscar was discharged in March 1946 and joined the family business. After first retiring in 1984, he came back in January 1988 and worked until shortly before passing away in 2001. Uncle Oscar was known as a walking encyclopedia of bearing interchange and joke telling!
Summer 1982, Danny Spungen interns making calls to alternator rebuilders. During the Fall semester at Indiana University, Danny continues calling bearing customers using the 3×5 index cards used to track customer activity. The summer included his first trip to Romania with his father, Laurence. The primary ball bearing plants were in Brasov, Alexandria and Birlad. 1982_June_22_Danny Spungen 1st bearing order $257.40_Bill’s Generator, NJ (Image Below)
October 28th, 1988
On behalf of The Torrington Company, the US Department of Commerce announced preliminary determinations that antifriction bearings have been dumped in the US by nine European and Asian countries. China and some of our other suppliers were not affected badly (if at all). The Spungens benefited, adding on to its building, fondly nicknamed, “The Fafnir Wing.” Sadly the expansion overtook Teddi Bear’s dog run and “park.”
December 25th, 1989
Romania Dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife are executed on TV. Romania loses MFN. Grandpa Laurence had already begun moving a majority of radial bearing business to China. Danny begins sourcing the majority of mounted unit insert bearings and castings from Korea, Taiwan and Puebla Mexico.
October 28th, 1999
One of the greatest (and craziest) bearing salespeople the Spungens ever employed, Dimitri Elias, was lost in a fatal one car crash after visiting his OEM accounts in southern Illinois. Danny Spungen had to call his father and brother in Greece and when they arrive back to the USA, pick them up at the airport. The Spungens never forget those that helped in their success. Danny self-publishes a book about Dimitri’s life for his customers, friends, family, and employees.
January 6th, 2012
Grandma Florence Spungen passes away after a 7 year great battle with cancer. She was actually on the phone with Fidelity Wed. Jan 4th trading stocks! Flo leaves a legacy of the Foundation she founded in 2005:
October 12th, 2014
Danny and Glenn have dinner with the Spungens’ former China bearing factory Director, Mr. Wu at the Rosemont Fashion Mall near O’Hare (Chicago). The first time Danny/Glenn approached by former employees to re-enter the bearing business. On Nov. 7th, while in China, Danny meets with Mr. Jiang, Mr. Wu and Daniel Wang.
February 26th, 2016
Siva Yam (President of the US-China Chamber of Commerce) while in China, meets for the 1st time with Mr. Wu, Mr. Jiang, and Daniel Wang about how to create a new bearing company that includes a US Operation involving Danny/Glenn Spungen. Siva Yam was hired by the group as part of a Feasibility Study.
December 3rd, 2019
Danny Spungen, along with his 4th generation daughter (Leanna), visit the former Spungen family factory complex in Villa Maria, Argentina. When the Spungen family sold most of their bearing interests in 2008, Gustavo Boetsch and his family were given 100% control of the Argentina operations. Now talks with the Spungen and Boetsch families begin on a new partnership.
January 15, 2021
One hundred-sixteen years ago today, Great Grandpa Nate Spungen was born (January 15th in 1905). Back in the day, his birthday gift wish list would include a bowling ball, a junket to Las Vegas with fresh decks of playing cards, a good supply of Martini’s – “throw everything in the drink…including the kitchen sink and a well-done waffle”, or a weekend retreat away from Great Grandma Sarah (may she also rest in peace)! But today is a new year, 2021, and we are all living in The Cloud! Today as we honor him, his gift is a new website, launched by his 4th generation great grandson, Jake Spungen!