Our History

It all started way back in 1962...

Accuride started as a small tool and die shop in South Gate, California, producing top-quality telescopic slides for tape drives and copy machines. Our founder, Fred Jordan, identified a market that was eager for increasingly precise products and soon the company expanded to a 3700 m2 facility in Santa Fe Springs, California.

We’ve passed some pretty important milestones since then, including:

  • In the late 1960s, the company developed a range of drawer slides for metal office furniture. The company's designers also turned their attention to the wood furniture market, developing cabinet slides with special features such as breathing tabs to absorb tolerances in wood products.
  • During the 1970s Accuride started designing and manufacturing drawer slides in the UK, Germany and Japan, establishing our reach across three continents. Ten years later, in the 80s, we opened a purpose-built manufacturing plant in the UK.
  • During the 1990s, the European distribution programme, Quick Ship, opened with a core range of 50 part numbers, which would eventually grow to the current level of over 1,000 part numbers ready to be shipped across Europe.
  • In 1997, Accuride made history by developing the mechanism used in the first telescopic sliding armrest introduced in a car.
  • During 2006 the company opened their first manufacturing plant in China to serve the local markets and to establish total global coverage.

After 56 years, Accuride is still a privately-owned company and our headquarters are still in the same building we moved to in Santa Fe Springs. We now have over 100 engineers over 3 continents, all working away in our 1 million square feet of space across Europe, Asia and North America – that’s the equivalent of 17 American football pitches!

Since our first shop in South Gate, we’ve come quite a way. We are now market leaders in the production of ball bearing slides, using steel, aluminium and stainless steel to provide optimum solutions for a range of markets and applications. Our range of finishes not only add to the aesthetic quality of our products, but they are specifically designed to prolong the lifespan of our slides.

Did you know?

Some interesting facts about Accuride that you probably didn’t know:

75 million – the square footage of material we create each year: that’s the equivalent of 33 Empire State Buildings!

7,100 miles – in a peak year, we create enough of our model 3832 slides that we could reach from Los Angeles to the middle of Turkey.

3 million – the number of ball bearings used every day in slides manufactured by our North American factory. These are made from steel, stainless steel and polymer. If you’ve ever wondered the difference between them, the metal bearings have a heavier load weight, but polymer bearings are much quieter… shh!

10,000 to 50,000 – the number of cycles in the typical life cycle of a ball bearing drawer slide, with a cycle being a full open and full closure of a drawer.

01 / 01 man balancing on drawer slide to demonstrate Accuride's slides precision movement.