TROY, Mich.—Dayco Products L.L.C. has made major strides to expand the production end of its business in the U.S., Mexico, China and India during the last four years.
The global producer of timing belt systems and front engine accessory drive products has followed the same course in Europe during the last year with the addition of a new manufacturing plant in Tychy, Poland.
Its newest factory is producing pulleys and dampers for original equipment manufacturers in Europe, according to Marketing Manager Brian Wheeler.
Dayco's Poland plant “is our latest and a very critical piece of our strategy to continue to be successful, not only in Europe, but globally,” said James C. Orchard, former CEO of Dayco, who stepped down from the firm's top post Sept. 2.
He continues to serve as a special adviser to the board of managers.
Succeeding him as CEO is John T. Bohenick, who previously served as president of SKF Sealing Solutions, a business unit of SKF A.B., and before that in a variety of leadership roles for Gates Corp., including president.
The new plant, which held its official opening ceremony in March, employs about 150, spans roughly 200,000 square feet and employs more than 220, Wheeler said.