Company History

The history of Belden Universal leads us back to Cicero, IL 1939 when three Italian immigrant brothers opened a precision machine shop. 

Belden Universal Cicero 1939

In 1968, Belden Tools, Inc. was established and began manufacturing high quality, precision universal joints for a variety of applications, creating a primary focus for the company.

Sainati-Brothers-1950'sIn 1997, recognizing the enormous potential of the specialty couplings his father’s company was manufacturing for the machine tools they built, Perry Sainati drew upon his entrepreneurial roots and his instinct for new opportunities and spun off Belden’s precision coupling division; resulting in an all-new, independent enterprise, Belden Universal.

Since that time, Perry has completely re-imagined the division, transforming it from a small unit that made universal joints and drive shafts for the automotive industry into a corporate enterprise that now produces hundreds of highly specific, one-of-a-kind couplings for dozens of industries, ranging from aerospace and medical technology to food processing, robotics, energy and auto racing.

Belden Universal Hillside, IL

In 2005, Belden opened its first overseas subsidiary in Berlin, Germany, fulfilling customer orders from Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

It has also formalized strategic collaboration with two manufacturing partners in Europe in order to support market penetration in Europe and beyond.

As a result of Perry Sainati’s visionary leadership and the company’s progressive and innovative approaches to manufacturing, Belden Universal today is the nation’s #1 manufacturer of specialty universal joints.




(708) 344-4600
4100 Madison Street
Hillside, IL 60162

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