Dana Corporation Facility Honored as One of North America's 10 Best Plants
Oct 15, 1998
TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Corporation's (NYSE: DCN) Automotive Systems Group Structural Products facility in Hopkinsville, Ky., today was named one of the 10 best plants in North America by IndustryWeek magazine. The facility manufactures full frames for the Chevrolet S-10, GMC Sonoma, and Isuzu Hombre pickup trucks; engine cradles for left- and right-hand-drive Saturn passenger cars; a new rear axle module for the new Saturn LS; and front and rear sub-frames for the Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility vehicles. The facility was chosen from 170 nominees, which were asked to submit a 20-page questionnaire. The questionnaires were evaluated by a team of IW editors, and 25 plants were chosen as finalists. A panel of outside experts reviewed the finalists, and a site visit to each finalist took place in late summer. Along with the Hopkinsville facility, two other Dana plants were chosen as finalists - the Spicer Clark-Hurth Off-Highway Components facility in Plymouth, Minn., and the Spicer Heavy Systems Assembly facility in Lancaster, Pa. The Hopkinsville plant is Dana's third facility to be selected by IndustryWeek for its annual listing of Top 10 plants. Dana's Spicer Driveshaft facility in Bristol, Va., was selected in 1996, and the Gresen Hydraulics facility in Minneapolis, Minn., was selected in 1990, the first year for the IndustryWeek awards. Dana Chairman Southwood J. Morcott said, "This latest quality honor is made possible because of the people at our Hopkinsville facility. Their dedication to the customer, to quality, to safety, and to innovation has made their facility - and Dana - a benchmark for our industry." Pat Pilleri, plant manager, said that since the plant opened in 1990, some 6,400 people have made more than 1,200 visits to the plant to observe its people programs, benchmark its manufacturing processes, and study its idea generation and implementation programs. He said, too, that since the facility opened, its people have submitted more than 110,000 ideas, with an implementation rate of 88 percent. "Historically, we have averaged 29 ideas per person per year, and this year our projection is 37 per person," Pilleri said. The award is the latest in a series of quality honors that Dana has received since 1996, when its leasing services group, Dana Commercial Credit, received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Since that time, Dana operations have received quality awards from 16 states. Also, in August of this year, Dana was named one of the world's 100 best- managed companies by IndustryWeek, and CIO magazine selected Dana as one of the nation's Top 100 companies for managing business relationships. One of the world's largest independent suppliers to vehicular, off- highway, and industrial manufacturers and their related aftermarkets, Dana Corporation produces components used on more than 95 percent of the world's 650 million motor vehicles. Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, the company operates 270 major facilities in 33 countries and employs more than 79,000 people. The company had pro forma sales of $11.9 billion in 1997. Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com.