Employer Profile

The Timken Company

What makes us unique

Timken Housed Units (originally QM Bearings) was acquired by Timken in 2010, but has had its site in Ferndale since 1997. They specialize in spherical roller bearing housed units, assembled to order with thousands of configuration choices, tailored to customers around the globe. These housed units are made to withstand the harshest environmental conditions and are often used in applications in industries such as agriculture, forestry, steel, pulp, and food and beverage processing.

With a headcount of approximately 75 associates, Timken Housed Units has the benefit of being both a local business and part of a global corporation. The Housed Units division also operates sites in British Columbia, Ontario, Poland, and the United Kingdom. The Ferndale facility, which includes two buildings visible from I5, houses the following departments:

  • CNC machining
  • Production and Assembly
  • Warehouse shipping and receiving.
  • Customer Service
  • Supply Chain
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Engineering
  • EHS/Quality
  • Human Resources
  • IT
  • Finance

Timken Housed Units has proudly been a YesVet participant in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 – recruiting and hiring local veterans. They are also active supporters of local school districts, Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, and Western Washington University through educational tours, presentations, and co-op projects.

Timken has recently received the following awards as a choice employer:

  •  America’s Best Employers of 2021 by Forbes magazine
  •  America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 list compiled by Newsweek and Statista
  • Named One of “World’s Most Ethical Companies” for 10th Time in 2020 by Ethisphere
We love partnering with local youth and educators to support interest in the manufacturing industry. Not only are we providing these students with an educational opportunity to learn about our local business and products, but I think exposing high school students to manufacturing, assembly, and other trade work opens up additional options for career planning in our local community.
Edie Hill, HR Manager