Dayco Products' tensioner manufacturing facility and technical center of Springdale celebrated Tuesday one million work hours without a lost time accident mark, an achievement last met at the site in March 2011. 

Dignitaries on hand to celebrate the milestone were Dayco's president of North America operations, Douglas Brown, as well as Robert Crist, vice president of North American operations.Mayor Doug Sprouse joined Chamber president Perry Webbwith congratulatory remarks to the company and plant managerDoug Moye in a ceremony held on the plant floor.

"The people of Dayco's Springdale plant and technical center can be very proud of their environment and safety records," Crist said. "To achieve the one million hour milestone requires commitment, teamwork and great attention to detail in every activity." Dayco started its belt tensioner plant in August 1985 in partnership with the University of Arkansas.After several expansions and moves, Dayco opened the current Springdale plant after outgrowing its previous Springdale facility in July 2000. Associates working at the 100,000-square-foot plant manufacture, assemble and distribute a wide range of tensioners for automotive, industrial and aftermarket customers.The company is located at 1351 Stewart Place in Springdale.