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DAYCO Blog - Dayco, A Brief History – Always Improving and Innovating To Move Forward With The Future!
Linda Macfarlane

Linda Macfarlane

I am Chief Copywriter for Auto Parts Network. I get to write automotive-related stuff all day long - what could be better?! Except driving or riding, of course ...

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September 2nd, 2011


Dayco, A Brief History – Always Improving and Innovating To Move Forward With The Future!

Dayco Products, LLC, a division of Mark IV Industries, is recognized as a frontrunner in research and design, production and sales of a wide variety of belts, hoses, tensioners and pulleys for the automotive, trucking, construction, agricultural and industrial segments.  Dayco is recognized in both the OE and aftermarket automotive segments as a forward-thinking company driven by technology.  They  employ almost 5,000 individuals in a fully-integrated international network of technical facilities and sales offices.

Dayco still adheres to the same principles that the company was founded on over 100 years ago:  To foresee and meet the needs of their customers by providing quality products and services in a timely manner.  Founded on May 17, 1905 in Dayton, OH, as the Dayton Rubber Manufacturing Company (DRMC), started out making garden hose and canning-jar rubber sealing rings, but their future was in the automotive industry and by 1913 they were manufacturing tires.

In 1919 the services of A.L. Freedlander, a highly-skilled rubber scientist, were procured.  Under his guidance the company widened the variety of the products they were manufacturing and began making the V-belt in 1921, which would expand to many different applications later in the 1920's; not only automotive vehicles, but industrial machines, business equipment, household appliances, etc.  There were many innovations and discoveries in rubber manufacturing and applications, including wartime products, automotive and other industries, which resulted in steady growth over the years and ensured Dayco's position today.

Dayco is also an international company, having expanded recently into China and Brazil, in addition to their other international locations.  Throughout their history Dayco has specialized in designing new products, enhancing existing products and making manufacturing processes more efficient, and this is what will continue Dayco's position in the market into the future.

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