Dayco names John Bohenick CEO

Troy-based automotive belt and pulley supplier Dayco Products LLC on Wednesday named John Bohenick as its new CEO, effective Sept. 2.

Bohenick will replace James Orchard in the position; Orchard will serve as a special adviser to the board through Dec. 31. Bohenick was also appointed to the company’s board of managers.

Prior to joining Dayco, Bohenick served as president of SKF Sealing Solutions in Elgin, Ill. for Swedish bearing supplier AB SKF.

He also served as president of his own consulting firm, Bohenick LLC. Prior to that, Bohenick spent 20 years at Denver-based transmission and fluid delivery systems supplier Gates Corp., most recently as its president.

Bohenick earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in New York City.

In September 2013, Dayco acquired bankrupt Southfield-based automotive damper manufacturer Metavation LLC and assets from Eptec SA de CV. Dayco, the stalking horse bidder in a bankruptcy auction process, acquired the assets for $25.1 million, according to a filing in bankruptcy court.

The deal provides Dayco with Metavation’s office space in Southfield, its research and development center in Hillsdale and plants in Mount Pleasant, Vassar and Hillsdale. It also acquired Eptec’s damper operation in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, as part of the bid.

Also last year, Dayco acquired the Nytron Group, a Brazilian-based manufacturer of drive belt and timing tensioners, pulleys and hydraulic actuators for the automotive aftermarket.

Crain’s Detroit Business