A fun piece of history is that Champion started up in Aberdeen, WA and in 1949 was moved down to Eugene. The reason for this move was because of the abundance of logging in the Eugene area. In the 1950s the idea of clear-cutting forests became popular which means more equipment would be needed to be the most productive. More equipment means more friction material was needed to stay on schedule. Below are two pictures, one is a picture of a large lumber mill railroad loading dock and the other is a picture of Hull Lumber Company located in Monroe, Or in 1951.
Introducing... Hank! Hank is the newest edition to the office and has been a joy between running around and snuggling in anybody's arms. In his free time, he enjoys napping, crawling up legs, pestering the other cats, and being destructive. Stay tuned next month for more Hank Highlights!
One of our most asked questions is, what do we do? The answer is not always simple, we manufacture brake lining for offroad machinery which includes friction blocks for forestry, band brakes for ag and construction, clutch discs, and gear tooth facings from electric motors to ag, we even do emergency brakes for elevators to tension reels for your fly-fishing rod.
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The original friction wood block that started Champion is still being used to this day. Our modern friction block has been adapted to meet today's machinery standards. In the pictures below you can see the friction blocks are very similar. The wood block is made from Mahogany wood, laminated to obtain the necessary thickness. Our modern block is molded out of our AFT1109.