Chevy Stingray sounds like success for Seward plant

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Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013 12:00 am

If you’re revving with excitement about the debut of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray this year, consider this: A company with a major Nebraska presence has a hand in creating its signature sound.

Tenneco, a $7.4 billion global manufacturer of exhaust systems that calls Seward, Neb., home to one of its largest manufacturing sites, announced that it is supplying emission control technologies, including key parts called electric valves, for the new Stingray.

The system is the first to use Tenneco’s electric valves for sound tuning and will create a “sound for next-generation sportscar,” the company said, calling the Stingray one of the most highly anticipated vehicles debuting in 2013.

“The Corvette is one of America’s iconic automobiles, and Tenneco could not be more excited and pleased to partner with Chevrolet to provide a combination of performance attributes, including improved fuel economy, power and the vehicle’s signature sound,” said Tim Jackson, Tenneco’s chief technology officer in a statement. “Additionally, the program gives Tenneco an opportunity to demonstrate our advanced exhaust technology on one of the highest performance vehicles available in the market.”

Chevrolet’s website says the car is “engineered to defy convention” and that for the first time in decades “a stunning machine emerges with the aesthetic impact and the performance prowess worthy of the Stingray emblem.”

Tenneco’s Seward facility, which employs 740 people, isn’t making the electric valves, but making exhaust pipes and tubing used in the exhaust system, said company spokesman Bill Dawson. Tenneco’s Valencia, Spain facility is manufacturing the electric valves, while other components will be made at an Indiana facility. Final assembly will happen in Tennessee.

“Now as the vehicle is hitting the market, we’re in full production in supplying the exhaust system,” Dawson said. “It’s been underway for a long time and everyone is excited.”

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