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Take a peek inside the nearly 170-year old maker of clocks and bells, which are known around the world. Six generations of Verdins have kept the oldest family-owned manufacturing company in the state going.

Since 1842

A Family Business

Welcome to The Verdin Company

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Since 1842, six generations of the Verdin family have been dedicated to creating fine cast bronze bells, carillons, electronic digital bells, tower clocks, street clocks, and streetscape furnishings that enrich communities and become cherished legacies for generations to enjoy.

Over the decades we've gained expertise in partnering with our clients from project conception through design, manufacturing, installation, and service. Today, the Verdin family remains committed to producing the highest quality cast bronze bells, clocks, and towers using innovative technology and manufacturing techniques.


Verdin Innovations and Acquisitions

Innovation is the hallmark of Verdin. Since the first installation of a tower clock in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1842, Verdin has pioneered several breakthroughs in the bell and clock industry. Over the years, Verdin has also acquired several bell foundries and related businesses.

  • 1842 – Built clock and bell equipment for Old St. Mary's, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1870 – First municipal tower clock installation
  • 1910 – Invents electric winder for clocks
  • 1927 – Creates America's first electric bell ringer
  • 1946 – Introduces electronic bell carillons
  • 1955 – Acquires Vanduzen Bell Foundry
  • 1975 – Acquires Deagan Tubular Chime Company
  • 1981 – Purchases and renovates historic St. Paul's Church, which becomes the Verdin bell museum
  • 1997 – Purchases VanBergen Bell Foundry
  • 1999 – Designs and manufactures world's largest swinging bell —the 66,600-pound World Peace Bell— to commemorate the millennium
  • 2000 – Creates Bell Foundry on Wheels —world's first traveling bell foundry to cast bells on site in each Ohio county in celebration of the Ohio Bicentennial
  • 2002 – Purchases Stormer Bell Foundry
  • 2006 – Purchases Belltron U.S.A.
  • 2010 – Purchases Canterbury International
  • 2011 – Expands to new manufacturing/foundry facility
  • 2012 – Celebrates its 170th year in business
  • 2012 – First ever live global web streaming of a bell casting

50,000 Installations

Verdin's unparalleled craftsmanship is displayed in more than 50,000 installations worldwide, including the Smithsonian Institute, Walt Disney World, the University of Notre Dame, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the World Peace Bell, and the Mayo Clinic.

For 170 years, Verdin has created, preserved, and restored distinct bell sounds for more than 20,000 churches across the country. Verdin bell towers and clocks enrich hundreds of the finest communities and college campuses across the country.

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