Dana's Wix Filtration Products Division Expands Fuel Filter Capabilities With Acquisition

Dec 20, 1996


    TOLEDO, Ohio, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wix Filtration Products Division
of Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN) will expand its manufacturing and fuel-filter
production capabilities with the acquisition of Flexon, Inc., according to
Richard B. Forde, group vice president of the company's Wix Filtration
Products Group.
    Flexon, located in Ferndale, Mich., a Detroit suburb, was founded in 1977
by John Kroha, who will continue as Flexon's president, as it becomes a unit
of Wix's North American Filter Operation.  Flexon manufactures a full line of
fuel filters and employs 125 people.
    "We're delighted to welcome the Flexon people to Dana," said Forde.  "This
acquisition adds to our capability to produce the fuel filters required to
protect today's fuel-injection systems.  Flexon's proven technology in laser
welding, stainless steel manufacturing, injection molding and plastic welding
can also be used in the design and manufacture of other Wix filtration
products.
    "Flexon's product and manufacturing technology will also allow Wix to link
with other Dana divisions to produce filter fittings, hoses and plastic
components to produce fuel systems for vehicular and industrial applications."
    Flexon is Dana's third acquisition of a filter company this year.  Earlier
in the year, it purchased the air-filter manufacturing facilities of James N.
Kirby Pty. Ltd. and the oil-, air-filter manufacturing operations of
J.B. Morgan & Co. Ltd.  Both companies are located in Australia.
    Wix Filtration Products Division is headquartered in Gastonia, N.C., and
manufactures a full line of filters for cars, trucks, vans and buses, farm and
heavy-duty equipment.  With the Flexon acquisition, Wix now has
14 manufacturing plants and 12 distribution centers in North and South
Carolina,  Oklahoma, Canada, Venezuela, Australia and China.
    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 more than 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 more than 38 product research and
development centers worldwide.  Dana also owns Dana Commercial Credit
Corporation, a leading provider of lease financing services and a 1996 winner
of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.  The Internet address for
Dana's home page on the World Wide Web is http://www.dana.com.

SOURCE  Dana Corporation

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

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