The possibility of two different Timken companies was intriguing enough for shareholders to narrowly recommend the move on Tuesday.
According to The Repository, 53% of shareholders think it will be beneficial for the company to spin off its steel division, with the other company focusing on it's bearings operations.
Those in favor say it will increase stock price, but the executives are skeptical.
Company Chairman "Tim" Timken says they will take the recommendation under advisement, and could release their recommendation in the next 30 to 45 days.
Executives say one company is vital to research and development. It comes as the company continues expansion at its Faircrest plant in Plain Township.