Shepherd Caster Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting edge mobility solutions for a variety of OEM markets. For over 50 years we have prided ourselves on responding to our customers’ needs with outstanding quality, on time delivery, and excellent value at competitive prices. Our casters, found throughout a variety of industries including medical, store fixtures, electronic equipment, material handling and institutional, have long been a benchmark for quality and design in the industry. We have an experienced sales force and international distributor network ready to assist you in finding the caster that is best for your mobility needs. If the right caster is not available among our thousands of standard products, we have the design expertise, manufacturing knowledge, and capability to create a custom solution to meet your needs. Shepherd Caster Corporation is an affiliate of the Colson Group, Inc. and a Colson Associates Company. Colson Associates is an international association of autonomous manufacturing and service companies. The Colson Group, Inc. and its affiliates manufacture and market casters, wheels and related products. Together these companies are the world leader in the production of light-duty to heavy-duty casters. They operate 23 plants in 11 countries
In 1945 George Shepherd had a problem. While playing bridge with his friends and family, he found it difficult to get comfortable while sitting. The chairs in those days were not designed for moving on carpeting. He set out to design a chair with casters. After many years of designing, prototyping and testing, the original Shepherd Planet Ball Caster was born. This began a legacy of well-engineered, high-quality Shepherd casters.
In 1976, the first die cast twin wheel, the Pacer, was put into production at Shepherd. This product allowed us to expand our market presence beyond home furnishings and into the growing office seating market.
As mobility became increasingly important in everyday life, we continued to expand into light industrial, store fixture, and appliance markets with several lines of single wheel casters. From there our product line has further expanded to include casters for the medical and food service marketplace.
In 2001 Shepherd purchased Bassick Casters to expand into the business machine, material handling and MRO markets.
A subsequent 2008 joint aquisition of the Faultless brand allowed Shepherd to continue to expand our product line and further penentrate the material handling and business machine markets.
Today, along with many other new and innovative designs that have been developed for customers, all of these casters are still in production at Shepherd Caster Corporation.
Customer expectations and requirements are met through a combined success of Shepherd Caster Corporation’s teamwork, philosophy, advanced technology plan, and a strong commitment to excellence in design and manufacturing. Each region in the country is serviced by an experienced regional sales manager and inside sales coordinator – ensuring a familiar voice each time you need assistance. Supporting this team is a group of engineering, manufacturing, and marketing professionals. Whether it’s creating an electronic product guide to assist in caster selection or introducing the “Faster Caster Program” to speed the product delivery, we constantly strive for ways to improve your caster buying experience.
Shepherd Caster Corporation and quality have long been synonymous in the caster industry. Our constantly evolving quality system ensures appropriate controls are in place at all times. We believe in confirming our product quality and integrity with the use of systematic control processes such as SPC (Statistical Process Control). We’re equipped to perform testing that complies with all of the latest industry standards for casters including ICM (Institute of Caster Manufactures) and BIFMA (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufactures Association). In addition, all of our casters are given the Shepherd three-point quality inspection before being packaged.
At Shepherd Caster Corporation, we constantly strive to set the standards in caster manufacturing and automation – we are the first and only caster manufacturer to accomplish fully automated assembly of dual ball bearing raceway wheel casters. Our in-house manufacturing capabilities includes cold heading, steel stamping, die casting, and assembly to manufacture a quality product from top to bottom – meeting your need for fast delivery at a competitive price.