the late 19th century, Frederick Sondheimer, forseeing the
need for specal lubricants for the industrial growth taking
place around Long Island City, established the BLACK BEAR
COMPANY, INC. in early 1888. In 1937, during the depth of
the depression, when BLACK BEAR COMPANY was acquired by Rowell
A Schleicher, the Company turned its attention to recession-proof
needs of state and government agencies. During World War II,
BLACK BEAR COMPANY concentrated its progressive technology
on military challenges -- solving problems for Army searchlights,
Air Force bomb bay doors and creating highly effective corrosion
preventatives for military aircraft -- applications which
still find new applications to this day.
After World War II BLACK BEAR shifted
its technology to the construction industry which was booming
due to returning servicemen's housing demands. New lubricants
were created such as track roller grease, non-leaking gear
lubricants, non-dripping heat resistant grease and pioneering
firsts in multi-purpose gear oils and multi-purpose greases.
Not neglecting its industrial customers, special micro-switch
greases and metal forming lubricants were also formulated
to meet customers needs.
In the early 1960's one of New York
City's largest taxi fleets challanged our technology to extend
the service life of their Chevrolet 6 cylinder engines beyond
the then expected 70,000 mile life. Using advanced additive
chemistry, their engine life was doubled and even tripled.
This approach is the goal with every lubricant formulated
By manufacturing and marketing our
own products, we provide excellent customer-blended products
at extremely competitive prices. As a smaller Company, we
have grown by adapting technical innovations more quickly
to our customer's needs - often by listening and working with
our customers. We believe that by spending a few extra cents
for an optimum formulation geared to our customers needs —
BLACK BEAR continues to insure our customers longer trouble-free
equipment life and the best value for their lubricant dollar.