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Tracing our roots to the 1800's, Ashworth has been a major supplier of conveyor belts to the food processing and other industries since 1946, when Ashworth Bros., Inc. formed the Metal Products Division and began production of woven metal conveyor belts in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1967, Ashworth revolutionized the food processing industry with the development of its patented lotension spiral system. Today, Ashworth maintains a manufacturing facility in Winchester, Virginia, USA, along with a worldwide network of sales offices, distributors and agents.

As the lotension experts, Ashworth offers the most comprehensive range of spiral and turn-curve belting available on the market, including the all-metal, industry-standard, Omni-Grid®; newly-patented, super-strong Omni-ProTM; and our revolutionary new family of plastic and steel hybrid belts, the AdvantageTM. We also know a thing or two about straight-running belts, introducing our industry-standard CB5 Baking Band® in 1967 and Cleatrac®, a positively driven transfer belt that allows the tightest transfers in the industry, in 1988.

We know how important our product performance is to your business. That is why we are dedicated to providing quality, trouble-free products to our customers, backed by exceptional service. Trust Ashworth - We Keep You Running!

 2012 Meeting Customer Demand in Japan

Ashworth launches Ashworth Japan K.K. in Tokyo to meet increased demand in Japan.

2011 Innovations in Canmaking Mats

Ashworth introduces ToughMat™, its new can-making mat for IBO/OBO applications. Featuring PTFE coatings, ToughMat™ allows for tighter transfers, decreased energy costs and increased reliability and throughput.

2011 Meeting Customer Demand in Asia

Ashworth opens a new Asia/Pacific regional office in Singapore.

2011 Ashworth Expands Further in Europe

Ashworth Belts BV relocates its sales and support offices from Enschede, NL to Amsterdam, NL to better serve its clients throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

2010 Ashworth Expands Its Manufacturing Capabilities in Europe

Ashworth opens a new manufacturing facility in The United Kingdom to continue to support its customers throughout Europe, The Middle East and Africa including Quick-Ship Orders.

2009 A Self-Stacking Alternative

Ashworth enters the self-stacking spiral belt market with ExactaStack®; designed for both complete installations or spliced-in sectional repairs. ExactaStack® is available in all tier heights and widths including wide belts, and is delivered in our patented Rack & Roll crate system for easy installation and storage.

2007 The New Standard in Lotension Belting

The high strength Omni-Pro® hits the market with patented protrusion leg technology to keep systems running smoothly. Featuring patents on both the button-less rods and 360° welds, Omni-Pro® becomes the new standard in lotension belting.

2007 New Technologies and Services Launched

Ashworth Engineering Services becomes Ashworth Factory Service Corporation, and opens its doors in Northfield, Minnesota. AFS provides both spiral and straight-running belt repair, installation, retrofit and optimization.

2006 The First & Only NSF & USDA Plastic Spiral Belt

The Advantage 120/200 series of belts continues to change the face of the belting industry as it becomes the first spiral belt to be tested and certified by NSF as well as USDA Accepted for Meat and Poultry.

2005 Celebrating 50 Years of Production in Winchester

Ashworth Bros., Inc. celebrates 50 years of manufacturing quality conveyor belts in Winchester, VA, USA.

2004 Ashworth Introduces Advantage Plastic Spiral Belts

Advantage spiral and turn-curve belts incorporate modular plastic conveying surface and plastic links together with stainless steel rods providing the industry’s greatest beam strength and greatest air-flow, unmatched by all plastic belts.

1999 Ashworth Offers the First Extended Warranties on Spiral Belting

1995 Ashworth Expands Internationally

The acquisition of Jonge Poerink of Borne, The Netherlands, provides Ashworth with facilities in Europe. The addition of Jonge Poerink's broad line of conveyor belts and systems makes Ashworth a global supplier with the industry's most extensive range of products and capabilities.

1991 The Benefits of a Plastic Surface Combined with a Backbone of Steel

Ashworth was the first belt supplier to offer Hybrid belts, beginning with Omni-Lite®.

1988 The Tightest Transfers in the Industry

Ashworth introduced the Cleatrac® belt, which offers the tightest product transfers in the industry.

1967 The Revolutionary Lotension Spiral Conveyor System

Ashworth invented the Lotension Spiral Conveyor System and the related metal turn-curve belts that have become the worldwide standard for cooking, freezing, proofing and cooling applications.

1965 More Options in Turn Curve Belting

Omni-Grid® is introduced and patented, extending Ashworth's line of turn-curve belts.

1963 True Tracking

Ashworth introduced the true-tracking CB5 Baking Band® that remains the standard oven band in the baking industry today.

1959 Ashworth's First Line of Metal Turn-Curve Belting

Ashworth introduces and patents Omni-Flex® turn-curve belts.

1955 Ashworth Opens a Manufacturing Facility in Winchester, VA

Metal belt production is transferred from Worcester, Massachusetts to a new plant in Winchester, Virginia, which becomes the Belt Division Headquarters.

1946 Ashworth Belting Production Begins

After over 80 years of manufacturing card clothing, Ashworth Bros., Inc., forms the Metal Products Division and begins production of woven metal conveyor belts in Worcester, Massachusetts.