About Us

An Industry Leader

Focused on Performance

For over 100 years Stearns has focused on the safety and satisfaction of our customers by setting the standard for brake and clutch quality. We pride ourselves on being responsive, innovative, and reliable with an unmatched record of on-time delivery. For these reasons Stearns has become the overall number one supplier of spring-set electrically released motor brakes to North America.

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Quality in Everything We Do

Comparable to a brake's function on a motor, quality starts and stops with each component involved. Our people, equipment and systems are all aligned to manufacture products to meet our customers’ specifications every time an order is placed. We go above and beyond to inspect 100% of our brakes and clutches before they leave the factory. Additionally, Stearns has been a leader in securing the certification of independent regulatory agencies and has been ISO-9001 certified since 1995.

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Experts In Your Industry

Dedicated On-Site Engineers & Technical Support

We are committed to providing outstanding service, engineering expertise and support to our customers. From onsite troubleshooting to custom design projects, Stearns engineers consistently deliver innovative solutions.

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Extensive Network of Suppliers

We enjoy a great relationship with many of the most respected distributors of motion control products such as Motion Industries and Applied Industrial Technology as well as many regional distributors. Many of our customers enjoy the security of having "local stock" that they can pick up same-day if necessary. Also, many of our distribution partners provide product bundling and/or value-added services.

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Our State Of The Art Facility

150,000 Square Feet of Lean Manufacturing

Stearns operates an ISO 9001:2015 certified, world-class manufacturing facility in Cudahy, WI.  The facility currently features:

  • CNC/DNC Shop
  • Complete Assembly Capability
  • Internal Six Sigma
  • Lean Manufacturing 
  • On-site Quality Assurance Lab
  • Research & Development Lab
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committed to customer satisfaction for over a century

Creating Relationships You Can Trust

For over 100 years, we've worked to build a brand you can trust and rely on. Here at Stearns, we value the feedback and contentness of each of our customers. As a brake provider to over fifteen industries, it's important that we upkeep our reputation of supplying durable, high-quality products to each of our end users. See what customers have to say about us: 

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