Legacy of Innovation
Founded in Geneva, Illinois, in 1903, Burgess-Norton built the core of its business on piston pins, and since inception, produced millions of units for all types of internal combustion engines as well as many leading international customers throughout the automotive and truck markets.
In a move to expand its product offerings, BN introduced powder metal technology in 1954. Over the years, it has established a global reputation for quality and value — a direct result of its commitment to develop innovative solutions for its customers in targeted markets.
Our standing as a global leader in quality and value has been earned through our commitment to innovation, teamwork, and customer satisfaction.
Burgess-Norton MFG was founded by Frank A. Burgess and Henry W. Norton in Geneva, IL. (25 employees)
Construction of a plant on Western Ave in Geneva, IL by the Ordnance Dept. of the U.S. Army for Burgess-Norton to manufacture track links for tanks prior to WWII.
Frank A. Burgess Foundation established to provide scholarships to local students.
Powder Metal program developed.
Amsted Industries Incorporated purchases Burgess-Norton.
Claremore, OK piston pin plant built.
Amsted Industries Incorporated becomes 100% employee-owned.
Saltillo Mexico plant opens. Advance Products Corp., Beaver Dam, WI is purchased by Amsted Industries Inc., assigned to Burgess-Norton.
Acquisition of Salvadori Spinotti s.r.l. of Italy.
JV Xinyang BN Yinguang established. BN holds 70% stake.
Monterrey, Mexico Piston Pin plant opened.
Suzhou, China Piston Pin plant opened (WOFE).
Opened in-house DLC production facility
Piston Pin plant opened Burgess-Norton WH (Shanghai).
Backed by the global strength of Amsted Industries
Burgess-Norton is part of Amsted Industries, a diversified global manufacturer of industrial components serving primarily the railroad, vehicular and construction and building markets. Combining leading-edge manufacturing processes with a history of continuous innovation, Amsted Industries is proud to be a leader in each of the market segments we serve.
2020 Spark Award for Innovation – Valley Industrial Association
Supplier Quality Excellence Award – 2015
Award of Distinction in Automotive-Engine – 2012
Award of Distinction in Hardware / Appliances – 2011
Award of Distinction in Hand Tools / Recreation – 2010
Grand Prize in Automotive-Transmission – 2008
Award of Distinction in Lawn & Garden / Off-Highway – 2007
Gold World Excellence Award – 2006
Grand Prize in Lawn & Garden / Off-Highway – 2006, 2005
Award of Distinction in Automotive – 1999
Award of Distinction in Ferrous – 1992, 1989, 1986, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1967
Grand Prize in Ferrous – 1977, 1971, 1968, 1965