Oregon-based reseller Royal Bearing acquires complete bearing inventory from Blue Heron Paper's closed mill site in Oregon City, Oregon

PORTLAND, Oregon , December 14, 2011 (press release) – Royal Bearing, Inc. ( www.royalbearing.com ), a leading wholesale supplier of industrial bearings with warehouses in Portland, Ore. and in Livonia, Mich., announces that it has acquired the complete bearing inventory from the Blue Heron Paper Co. in Oregon City, Oregon. Royal Bearing has fully integrated the entire storeroom inventory purchase into Royal's extensive bearing database.

The Blue Heron Mill closed this year after more than a century of operation, leaving more than 2,600 auction items available. The 23-acre Oregon City mill site was first developed as an industrial site in 1829, when British fur trader John McLoughlin, built a sawmill at Willamette Falls. A paper mill has operated on Main Street in Oregon City since 1908.

Acquired during the three-day auction were a broad range of bearings from manufacturers such as Timken, Fafnir, Sealmaster, McGill, NTN and SKF, including many large bore bearings.

"The Oregon City mill is minutes from our Portland warehouse," said Clarence Hopkins, President of Royal Bearing Inc. "So the purchased inventory was very quickly added to our existing database, and was nearly immediately available to support our customers worldwide."

About Royal Bearing

Royal Bearing Inc., an independent reseller of bearings based in Portland, Oregon was founded in 1994. With 60,000 line items in inventory, Royal is one of the largest wholesale suppliers of bearings for industrial and transportation applications of all types. Royal's customers include distributors of bearings to forest products manufacturing, steel rolling mills, mining, shipping, automotive, agriculture, and petroleum production industries worldwide. The company sources its inventory worldwide and sells to international distributors, along with many independent local bearing resellers.

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