Schaeffler produces milestone 30 millionth torque converter

WOOSTER — Schaeffler turned its local operation over to producing torque converters almost 25 years ago and this month, it reached a remarkable milestone of 30 million torque converters produced.

Schaeffler started its operations on Old Airport Road in the late 1970s with a small team of employees assembling clutches for manual transmission. It has since grown into one of Wayne County’s largest employers.

“During the time, Schaeffler’s Wooster plant has gone through many transformations — but none has had a greater impact on the growth and development of the facility and its employees as the decision to start building and selling torque converters,” a press release from the company stated.

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Schaeffler transitioned to manufacturing medium- and heavy-duty torque converters within a year of signing an agreement with Allison Transmission. The Wooster plant expanded to design, engineer and validate next-generation torque converters.