Liston specializes in manufacturing solid and split Babbitt lined bearings for the OEM and end-user markets, as well as in short run general machining. We have over 40 years experience in centrifugally casting and static pouring Babbitt on all ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Quick turnaround is available for one-off parts and short production runs. "Just in Time (JIT)" directly to your shop floor can be arranged with min/max parameters.
Our build-to-your-print capabilities ensure delivered parts meet your quality and delivery needs.
Liston was founded as a small machine shop in 1954 by brothers Anthony and Edward Pyrak located in the basement of their parent’s house on Amherst Street, Buffalo, New York. Theodore Pyrak joined his brothers in 1958 when Liston Grinding was incorporated in New York State. The machine shop was established in Tonawanda, New York and during1960, the business name was changed to Liston Manufacturing Inc. Russell LaDuca Sr. became Plant Manager during the early 1960’s.
The business relocated to its present facility on Payne Avenue in North Tonawanda, New York in 1973. The manufacturing facility includes a four-story brick building constructed circa 1906 by the North Tonawanda Mechanical Music Company – later acquired by the Wurlitzer Company.
The current location allowed Liston to expand its capabilities and commence becoming Babbitt Bearing Specialists. Over the next 20, Liston phased out the majority of its grinding operations in favor of CNC lathes, mills and turning centers. Although an engine lathe and a handful of vertical mills remain for the tool and die makers.
Since 2000, Liston expanded adding two MAZAK Integrex machines to support a military contract. Recently, Liston began offering bearing assembly and inspection to meet its customer needs.
Joseph LaDuca took over as Plant Manager for his father in 1993. The business maintains its family origins as the 2nd and 3rd generations of the LaDuca and Pyrak families continue with its day-to-day operations.