Dana Corporation Plant Named one of America's Best

Oct 22, 1996


    BRISTOL, Va., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN)
Driveshaft Division plant in Bristol, Virginia, has been named one of the top
10 manufacturing plants in North America by Industry Week magazine.  This
year's list was announced in the October 21 issue of the magazine.
    Magazine representatives are scheduled to present the award to Dana
President Joe Magliochetti, Spicer Driveshaft Group President Wayne Myers,
Plant Manager Mike Bowersock and the employees of the Bristol Plant on
October 30.
    Plant personnel attributed the selection to the strides the company has
made in achieving a lean staff, flat organizational structure and an emphasis
on employee involvement and team work.  Between 1991 and 1995, cycle times for
the plant's major product are down 55 percent.
    The announcement came only a week after Dana's leasing operation, Dana
Commercial Credit, received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in the
service category.
    The Bristol plant manufactures driveshaft components for heavy- and
light-duty trucks.  The plant employs 250 people.
    "The people of the Bristol plant have taken the challenge of continuous
improvement very seriously," said Bowersock.  "Using the criteria for Dana's
Quality Leadership Awards as a yardstick, they've worked every year to
improve.  Last year, we were honored by an award for productivity and quality
from the State of Virginia.  This year, Industry Week says we're one of the
best plants in the U.S."
    Since 1992, Dana has used its Quality Leadership Awards, based on the
Baldrige award measurements, to evaluate and improve the performance of Dana
Divisions in key categories.
    "We're teaching people throughout Dana to measure their products and
performance continuously," said Dana Chairman and CEO Southwood J. Morcott.
"The recognition that Bristol and other Dana operations are receiving shows
that our quality processes are working."
    Quality is essential to Dana's style of management, according to
Bob Fesenmyer, general manager of the Driveshaft Division.  "We believe Dana
people should accept only total quality in everything they do," he said.  "And
we believe in continuous improvement to ensure our products and processes are
the best.  The Dana Quality Leadership Award criteria give us objective
measures for achieving those goals."
    Since 1990, Industry Week has conducted an annual search for plants that
exemplify excellence in manufacturing.  Nomination forms are published in the
magazine.  Nominated plants then receive detailed, 19-page questionnaires,
which they submit, along with a supporting statement, elaborating on their
achievements.  This year 170 facilities were nominated.  Topics covered in the
questionnaire include performance, quality, customer focus, technology,
community involvement, environmental and safety programs and competitiveness.
    A panel of judges reviews the completed entries and narrows the field to
25 finalists.  The finalists receive a second questionnaire.  Judges complete
the evaluation with a site visit.
    The Bristol plant will be one of the facilities featured on Industry
Week's "Management Today" television program on CNBC at 5 p.m. Saturday,
October 26 and Sunday, October 27.
    As a winner in the competition, the Bristol Plant will also be invited to
send representatives to Industry Week's "America's Best Plants" conferences in
the spring.  Next year's conferences are tentatively scheduled for March-June
in Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland and Norfolk, Va.
    Dana Corporation is a global leader in the engineering, manufacturing and
distribution of products and systems for the vehicular, industrial and mobile
off-highway markets.  Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, Dana operates
facilities in 29 countries with 45,000 people.  Its 1995 sales were
$7.6 billion.  Named in 1995 by Financial World magazine as one of the "Best
100 Growth Companies," Dana is noted for its style of management and its
commitment to innovation.  It has 38 product research and development centers
worldwide.  The internet address for Dana's home page is http://www.dana.com.

SOURCE  Dana Corporation

CONTACT: Gary Corrigan, Director-Corporate Communications, of Dana
Corporation, 419-535-4813

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