Peterson Spring – Now Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence!

Product diversification, combined ever-increasing engineering expertise, purchasing power, financial strength, an expanding geographic footprint – positioned this Michigan-based enterprise for growth. Check out the latest article on Peterson Spring in the Spring Manufacturers Institute (SMI) “Springs” Magazine:

http://12.176.243.25/content/Springs_winter2014/#/38/

PAC Racing’s New Project Condor Unveiled at PRI

Peterson Spring’s corporate office in Southfield, Michigan serves as the company’s technical and developmental hub. Included at this hub are product design, product development, metallurgical analysis, engine/applications testing and fatigue testing. The Southfield location is also home to PAC Racing.

PAC Racing is a complete racing and aftermarket design, development and manufacturing facility. PAC Racing’s products include engine valve springs, valve train components, suspension springs, and more. Peterson Spring is widely recognized as an innovator and industry leader in motorsports. PAC Racing’s products can be found in circle track, drag, street, off road, marine, and motorcycle.

PAC Racing’s new Project Condor was released to the public at the PRI Show in December and was recently featured in Rod Authority’s PRI news coverage. Click on the link below to see what they say about PAC Racing’s latest in innovation and technology:

http://www.rodauthority.com/news/pri-2013-pac-racing-springs-pro-streetbruiser-project-condor/

Thank You To Everyone Who Visited Peterson Spring at Fabtech in Chicago!

Many thanks to all who visited our exhibit at this year’s Fabtech show.

I’m sure that you would agree it was a great show, not to mention that it was the largest Fabtech event to date, with a total of 40,667 attendees visiting 1,573 exhibitors (650,000 sq. ft.of exhibitors!)

We appreciate you taking the time to stop by and we look forward to helping you with your spring needs or concerns.

If you would like to contact any of us who were at the show:

Peterson Spring Recovers Century Old Springs

Peterson Spring learns of connection to the springs that were at the base of the huge smoke stacks of Detroit Edison’s “Seven Sisters” power generating plant across from Belle Isle on the Detroit River.
The Seven Sisters was a landmark for generations until it was imploded in the summer of 1996 after 81 years. Salvaged from the rubble were five mighty, hand-forged, hot-coiled springs made by August Peterson. Bob Umpfenbach, at one time an employee of Peterson Spring on Telegraph Road in Southfield, Michigan, made contact with the demolition crew and asked them to save some of Peterson’s springs. According to Bob, there were three sizes of springs, and he was promised samples of each size. Unfortunately, someone scrapped the others by mistake, leaving Peterson Spring only the smaller ones. At present, these are on display at the Peterson Spring Home Office in Southfield.
Bud Peterson recalled that as a child, his father would tell him and his sister, Thelma, that the springs at the base of the giant stacks of the power plant were handmade by their Grandfather, August. The compression springs August made were necessary in order to compensate for the expansion and contraction caused by temperature changes in the stacks. There were actually two or three compression springs in each unit, one nestled inside the other, for a combined weight of 51.25 pounds. “To make these springs,” explains Bud, “August took a bar of steel and got the ends red hot in a forge (which is a charcoal fire with bellows underneath), and then tapered the ends with hammer blows. After this was done, he heated the whole bar red hot in a furnace, took it out, and coiled it over an arbor on a big, heavy coiler he built himself. He was making these springs for the Seven Sisters Plant in 1914 when his first granddaughter, my sister Thelma, was born.”
The Detroit landmark was dubbed “Seven Sisters” because of its seven 325-foot-high stacks. It was officially retired in 1983 and imploded shortly after 9 o’clock in the morning on August 10th, 1996. When it was built, the plant required: 9,000 piles, 23,000 yards of concrete, and nearly 1,300 tons of reinforcing. The initial boiler was so large the Detroit Edison Chairman Alex Dow hosted a luncheon inside it in 1914. Each stack weighed about 1,286,000 pounds, and each was wide enough to allow two lanes of traffic. The DTE power plant was not completely demolished, the two other stacks, named Two Brothers, of the Conners Creek Power Plant are still operational, sitting on the Detroit River near Chrysler’s Jefferson North Plant.
Today, Peterson Spring carries on the family tradition of spring manufacturing through the precision coiling of compression springs, extension springs, torsion springs and die springs. The company offers a technical array of services from grinding to prototyping to sub-assemblies. This global supplier presents expertise in many industries including agriculture, industrial, automotive and motorsport.

PAC Racing Springs 2010 Catalog Launch

Newly launched PAC Racing Springs 2010 Catalog took center stage at the December 2009 Performance Racing Industry(PRI) Show in Orlando, FL.

Click here to view the PDF where you can find more information on our services and to view the latest products!

For 2010, we will have a new and expanded racing products listing. Be sure to pick a copy during your visits to our booth at the industry trade shows, from one of our racing team members, or call us for details at (866) 799-9417.

2009 Christmas Toy Drive

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is next week and who can walk into a store without seeing the decorated trees, twinkling lights and shiny Christmas wrapping paper.  This year Peterson Spring has partnered with Lighthouse of Oakland County to bring a smile to a child at Christmastime by hosting a toy drive.

This has been a rough year as we all know economy wise. Many middle class families who have always had a roof over their heads, food on their tables and presents under their trees are facing a bleak Christmas this year.  Indeed having a home is essential and food as well but don’t underestimate the joy and smiles a simple toy can bring to a child on Christmas morning.  The toys do not have to be expensive…a coloring book, a box of crayons, a board game. Any and all will bring happiness to a child this year at Christmas.
All donations should be in by December 18, 2009.  If you would like to know more about Lighthouse of Oakland County please visit their website at: www.lighhouseoakland.org

Visit PAC Racing Springs at PRI Show

PRI (Performance Racing Industry) Trade Show is again being held in the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida. Dates for this show are December 10-12. PRI will bring over 1 million square feet of product and service display to the motor sport enthusiast. We hope you will join us in our 5th year of participation.

For 2009, we’ve updated and increased the size of our display to encompass our continuing growth in products for the racing and Motorsport trade. Please stop and see what we have to offer at booth number 3785. This booth is in a great spot, centrally-located, opposite the service desk on the convention room floor.

More information, including a floor plan layout can be found by clicking www.performanceracing.com

Calling all Racing and Motorsports enthusiasts!

It’s that time of the year, where many of us button up the 2009 season and begin to focus on next year. Again in 2009, PAC Racing will be on the road to the PRI show in Orlando Florida. As well, we’ve added IMIS to our schedule and hope to see you at either or both of these motor sports shows. For 2010, we have a new and expanded racing products catalog. Feel free to pick one up during your visit, or for further details you can call (866) 799-9417.

IMIS (International Motorsports Industry Show) will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 2nd and 3rd at the Indiana Convention Center. Be sure to stop by our booth (1001- right near the food court) and say hi! Be sure also to see our exciting line of racing springs and other valve train products. Our own Chris Osborn will be conducting a technical seminar on RACING VALVE SPRING TECHNOLOGY. You don’t want to miss this! For more information on the show, you can visit www.imis-indy.com

PRI (Performance Racing Industry) Trade Show is again being held in the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida. Dates for this show are December 10-12. PRI will bring over 1 million square feet of product and service display to the motor sport enthusiast. We hope you will join us in our 5th year of participation there. For 2009, we’ve updated and increased the size of our display to encompass our continuing growth in products for the racing and Motorsport trade. Please stop and see what we have to offer at booth number 3785. This booth is in a great spot, centrally-located, opposite the service desk on the convention room floor. More information, including a floor plan layout that can be found by heading to  www.performanceracing.com

PAC Racing Springs to attend International Motorsports Industry Show

IMIS (International Motorsports Industry Show) will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 2nd and 3rd at the Indiana Convention Center. Be sure to stop by our booth (1001- right near the food court) and say hello! Come to see our exciting line of racing springs and other valve train products, as our own Chris Osborn will be conducting a technical seminar on Racing Valve Spring Technology. You don’t want to miss it!

See this link for more information on the show: www.imis-indy.com

Peterson Spring Mexico Open House a Success!

Our newest plant, located in Queretaro Mexico, celebrated our dedication and open house on September 10, 2009. A very large turnout by our customers, suppliers and friends helped us make the event a very successful one! The weather, although threatening rain early, cooperated and allowed us to have much of the festivity outdoors.

For those that attended and participated, thanks so much for being a part of our day. You helped us to achieve our goal of proudly showcasing our operation and product capabilities. Our current capabilities include, but are not limited to; compression springs, torsion springs, extension springs, wire forms, coiled rings, valve springs, four slide stampings and pressings.   For those not able to join us , please know that we missed you and hope to see you at this plant, or any of our 14 locations around the world very soon.
 
Established in 1914, Peterson Spring, a division of Peterson American, is the largest privately held spring manufacturer in North America. Through designing, manufacturing and supplying springs, snap-rings, wire forms, clips, clamps, stampings, and a variety of sub-assemblies, Peterson Spring has expanded to 14 locations around the world. For more information on the company, our products or for the many markets we serve, please visit www.pspring.com
To view the full slide show, you can head to http://www.pspring.com/MexicoOpenHouse.htm