Employee Spotlight: Pete Kalgreen

My name is Pete Kalgreen and I am President of the Akron Bearing Company. I attended Saint Vincent- Saint Mary High School and the University of Akron, home of the mighty Zips. I started working at Akron Bearing on Saturdays and after school at the age of 16 doing shipping/receiving. After college I worked inside sales, later as a road salesman, and then became president in 1990. My wife Diane and I like to travel, especially hiking in the Appalachians. We have five children and four grandchildren.

Ralph Jones, my grandfather, started Akron Bearing after his employer, Ahlberg Bearing, decided to close their Akron branch in 1940 during the depression. From those humble roots he started a company that has survived these 70+ years because of his basic and sound business ideals that we carry on to this day. We take care of our customers, make sure their needs are met, and solve their problems. Ralph frequently said “You cannot do business from an empty cart.” Ralph, you sure were right!