At the 155,000-square-foot Cloyes manufacturing plant in Paris, highly skilled employees manufacture machined powertrain gears, sprockets, and idler assemblies for automotive original equipment manufacturers, the automotive aftermarket, marine, and high-performance applications.


These days, employees at the Cloyes gears in Paris is manufacturing components for one of the most sought-after vehicles: the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8. Often referred to as the "mid-engine Corvette", the 2020 model delivers 495 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production Stingray ever, according to General Motors.


Cloyes’ contribution to the newly-redesigned vehicle is a LT2 crankshaft sprocket. The sprocket is manufactured from SAE 1144 billet steel and has a 22-tooth cut to the ISO-606 Roller Sprocket specification. The sprocket teeth are induction-hardened for durability, and the sprocket has a custom six-tooth involute spline on the front hub to drive the oil pump impeller.


"The receipt of this business reconfirms the level of quality, reliability, and capability that Cloyes offers its global automotive OE and aftermarket customers," Steve Fairbanks, vice president of manufacturing for Cloyes, said in a news release Thursday. "All Cloyes products are extensively tested and verified to ensure that they meet OE specifications. With a deep-seated commitment to customer success, Cloyes drives innovation and manufactures products that enhance engine performance and provide peace of mind to manufacturers, drivers, and professional technicians."


After opening its Paris manufacturing plant in 1963, Cloyes successfully regained ownership of the manufacturing operation from American Axle and Manufacturing (AAM) in October 2019. Just two months later, the plant achieved its standalone ISO 9001:2015 certification.


To learn more about Cloyes and its manufacturing operations, visit cloyes.com/manufacturing.


Cloyes, based in Fort Smith, is known as a North American leader and a global designer, developer, manufacturer, and distributor of timing drive systems and components for original equipment manufacturers and the automotive aftermarket. Cloyes serves a broad customer base, including wholesale distributors, national and local retailers, re-packagers, and production engine rebuilders, and sells its products under the Cloyes brand worldwide and Dynagear and CY-LENT brands in Mexico.