Thompson Industries BSA business celebrates 50th anniversary

Nov. 11, 2021

Thomson Industries Inc., a manufacturer of linear motion control solutions, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its legacy Ball Screws & Actuators Co. (BSA) business at its Fremont, California, facility. The organization hosted a celebration to mark the occasion, highlighting its challenges and achievements, and reaffirming future goals.

“The past 50 years have been an enjoyable and rewarding journey,” Thomson President Scott Benigni said. “We attribute this success to our hardworking and passionate employees, who work together toward the company’s objectives, and to our valued customers, whose faith in us has inspired our continued commitment to doing more and better things for them. We look forward to continued collaboration for the next 50 years and beyond.”

The BSA business originated in 1971 when founder Scott Davis set out to machine ball screws for customers on the west coast of the United States. Initially, he sourced components from Thomson and other manufacturers but eventually developed his own components and patented his red Supernut and ball screw product lines. These were well received by the semiconductor and medical product industries and, through various acquisitions and mergers, are now part of the Thomson catalog. The Fremont facility now produces Thomson lead screws and stepper motor linear actuators.

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