Hurst has been an integral part of life in Princeton, Indiana, since 1950 when a small family owned tool shop first opened its doors. Three generations of the Hurst family have maintained the strong quality and high customer satisfaction goals as the company advanced into designing and producing electric motors. For over 65 years, Hurst has been an innovator in the development, production and application of precision motors. Since then, Hurst has grown into one of the top producers of sub-fractional motors in the world. In 2010, we became a part of the Nidec Motor Corporation to combine technologies for the benefit of our customers.

Now as a strategic component of Nidec Motor Corporation, Hurst's product development teams have access to all technology support functions of a world leading motor company. This synergy enables Hurst to introduce new innovative motor and control technologies, providing rapid solutions for our customers. The interchange of ideas and technologies between Hurst and Nidec has been exciting and has led to the use of advanced computer share-vision technology for communications on a daily basis. Hurst’s highly skilled engineers use Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems with Pro/ENGINEER and SolidEdge software to design customer specific applications. These advanced technologies allow Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Nodal Analysis capabilities to be used.

Nidec is where technology and engineering come together to create solutions for the benefit of our customers, driven without compromise for a world in action.

Initially, Hurst’s core business focused on instrument grade timing motors and assemblies, stepper motors and controls as well as standard line motors. Today the business has grown into manufacturing low-cost, high performance brushless DC servo motors for many markets, including medical and computer applications. By continually providing solutions for customer applications and developing precision motors that exceed their customer's needs, Hurst upholds the highest standards set by the founder over six decades ago.


A pioneer in the development of small motors and gear motors known as "sub-fractionals", Merkle-Korff Industries has contributed to the success of countless commercial, industrial and consumer products since its founding in 1911. Merkle-Korff showed its innovative side early – developing the original small gearmotor in the 1920s, followed by the simple cup-drop motor in soft drink machines in the 1950s, and then through-the-door ice dispensing systems. Throughout its history, Merkle-Korff has consistently developed innovative products that drive successful product introductions.

Today, after a century in business, Merkle-Korff remains at the technology forefront by providing industry leading BLDC, PMDC, PSC, and AC gearmotor and motor solutions for applications in the commercial food equipment, consumer appliance, vending, pellet stove, pump, medical and other various markets.

Merkle-Korff is an operating unit of Nidec Motion Control, a global manufacturing enterprise that provides custom engineered control, motor, and drive system solutions for world class customers in such markets as robotics, autonomously-guided vehicles, commercial food equipment, pumping & actuation, renewable energy and medical markets.

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