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Ruland Manufacturing to Distribute Belden Universal Joints

Marlborough, MA and Hillside, IL, January 14, 2020 - Ruland Manufacturing and Belden Universal have agreed to further cooperation by offering Belden universal joints through Ruland’s eCommerce platform. Ruland will stock and make to order a wide variety of friction- and needle-bearing universal joints in alloy and stainless steel. The addition of universal joints gives Ruland a more complete power transmission offering to complement its existing line of zero-backlash couplings including: rigid, beam, bellows, controlflex, disc, jaw, slit, and oldham.

Universal joints will be available through Ruland’s eCommerce platform giving users access to 2D and 3D CAD files, full product specifications, live chat tech support with application specialists, pricing, and availability. Along with inventory on the most common sizes, Ruland will use its flexible manufacturing capabilities to make to order non-inventoried products to give Ruland and Belden customers greater than industry standard service levels

“Ruland and Belden have jointly owned an office in Germany for more than ten years. This is a natural expansion of our relationship together to provide a more expansive product range for Ruland customers,” said Bill Hewitson, President of Ruland. Nick Sainati, General Manager, of Belden commented, “Belden is excited to cooperate more closely with Ruland and have them as a distribution and remanufacturing partner for our standard universal joints.”

Nick Sainati joints Belden Universal from his brand management role at Starbucks’ Corporate Headquarters, where he aided the successful launch of its Evenings and Mercato programs by helping solve complex strategy and supply chain issues. Mr. Sainati began his career as an investment banking analyst and corporate finance professional, advising companies on mergers, acquisitions, capital raising, and financial reporting. He sharpened his entrepreneurial skills by establishing a wine distribution company. Mr. Sainati earned his MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


About Belden Universal

Belden Universal is an AS 9100D and ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturer of high-quality standard and specialty universal joints and drive shafts. Advanced design and production capabilities allow Belden to meet any complex application criteria, delivering high levels of precision for both single prototype parts and high-volume production runs. Unique materials, finishing processes, testing capabilities and quality compliance programs (e.g. RoHS, REACH and DFAR) differentiate Belden Universal from the competition. For more information, visit

About Ruland Manufacturing

Established in 1937, Ruland is a manufacturer of high performing shaft collars and couplings as well as a distributor of a wide range of machine components including: universal joints, modular mounting systems, and installation accessories. 3D CAD files, full product specifications, and additional technical information, are available at