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Cloyes History

Cloyes Gear and Products, Inc. is a global supplier of automotive timing drive systems and components with over 95 years of history. Focusing on one product line allows us to concentrate all of our efforts on maintaining the very highest standards in quality, coverage, availability, and service.

  • 1921 Company founded by Raymond T. Cloyes in Cleveland, OH
  • 1952 Company acquired by Harry D. Myers
  • 1963 Manufacturing established in Paris, Arkansas
  • 1970 Cloyes introduces the Original Race True® Roller Speed sets
  • 1979 Acquires Rush Metals, Billings, OK
  • 1989 1st Powdered Metal press delivered to Subiaco, AR
  • 1992 Introduces infinitely adjustable Hex-A-Just® True® Roller Speed sets
  • 1997 Cloyes acquires RFR Technologies (timing chain manufacturing)
  • 1997 Opens up dedicated aftermarket DC in Fort Smith, AR
  • 1997 Arie Luyendyk’s car wins Indianapolis 500 with Cloyes timing set
  • 1999 Subiaco, AR becomes dedicated P/M facility
  • 2002 Cloyes acquires Dynagear Inc’s timing assets out of bankruptcy
  • 2004 Mexican Warehouse & Sales operation started in Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • 2006 KPS Funds becomes majority shareholder
  • 2010 Cloyes merges with 3 other companies to form HHI
  • 2012 KPS sells Cloyes and HHI to American Securities. American Securities purchased Metaldyne, another OE company in the PM business
  • 2015 Cloyes becomes a public company under the private equity organization - Metaldyne Performance Group (MPG-NYSE)
  • 2016 Opened an office in Shanghai, China
  • 2017 Metaldyne Performance Group is purchased by American Axle (AXL-NYSE)

Product offerings include a full line of stock replacement and high performance options for both domestic and import applications. Cloyes offers: Timing Gears, Sprockets, and Chains; Timing Chain Tensioners, Guides and Dampers; Three Piece Timing Sets, Complete Multi-Component Timing Kits, Timing Belts, Timing Belt Tensioners and Timing Belt Kits. We also carry a full line of High Performance timing drive systems, Transfer Case Chain and Transmission Drive Chain, as well as Marine, Industrial, and Agricultural applications.


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