History

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From Dayton Rubber to Carlisle to Timken, the name has changed but the quality products remain the same. Our unique and storied history is filled with technical achievements, dedicated associates and a commitment to satisfying customers. Behind every belt is a team that takes pride in all that we do. Our associates and our products keep industry in motion and make the world more productive.

History

1899

Timken Roller Bearing Company incorporates

1905

Dayton Rubber Manufacturing Company (DRMC) founded in Dayton, Ohio

1905

Dayton Rubber Manufacturing Company (DRMC) founded in Dayton, Ohio

1921

DRMC develops first raw edge v-belt

1934

Pioneers use of synthetic rubber technology

1941

In support of war effort, product line expands to include tank tread rollers and rubber rafts

1957

Develops arched cross section v-belts for agricultural applications

1959

New belt manufacturing plant opens in Springfield, Missouri

1960

DRMC becomes Dayco

1967

New technical center opens in Springfield, Missouri

1985

Introduces first neoprene FHP v-belt

1986

New belt manufacturing plant opens in Fort Scott, Kansas

1988

Introduces Ultimax, the first high performance CVT belt

1994

Introduces RPP Panther belts

1995

Introduces Super II classical v-belt line

2001

Carlisle Companies acquires the industrial belt division of Dayco

2003

Introduces Tension-Finder, the tensioning device wins Product of the Year

2005

Introduces Ultimax ATV drive belts and Ultimax XS snowmobile belts

2014

Introduces EPDM Power-Wedge Cog-Belts

2015

The Timken Company acquires the Carlisle belt business

2015

Introduces Aramax Xtra Duty v-belts for outdoor power equipment

2015

One billionth belt sold

2015

Introduces Panther XT, a powerful alternative to chain and polyurethane belts

2017

Launches Drive Engineer web app to assist in the design and maintenance of belt drives

2018

Introduces Ultimax XP extreme performance ATV belts

2020

Recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the 10th time

2021

Timken named one of America’s most responsible companies

Timken Belts offers a comprehensive line of performance products made in ISO-registered manufacturing facilities, supported by innovative product development and a team focused on customer satisfaction. The tradition continues…