Dana's Structural Products Facility Earns Kentucky Quality Award

Oct 29, 1999

    TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN)
announced that its Hopkinsville, Ky., Parish Structural Products facility has
been awarded the Level Four Kentucky Governor's Gold Quality Award.  The award
was presented Tuesday night on behalf of Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton.
    Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the award is
presented to organizations wishing to share in the benefits associated with
continuous improvement.  The award process provides an objective review of
overall quality principles and practices in the operations of the applicant
and provides an incentive for continuous improvement.  The results are
analyzed to identify areas of strengths and targets areas for improvement to
promote the effective sharing of the data.
    The Level Four Kentucky Governor's Gold Quality Award is the highest level
of recognition among the four levels of the Quality Award.  Hopkinsville was
the only plant in the state to receive the fourth level award in 1999.
Dana's Danville, Ky., gasket manufacturing facility was the only operation to
win the Level Four award in 1998, the first year of the program.
    According to the state of Kentucky, the recipients of the quality award
demonstrate "world class" processes and serve as role models throughout the
state and United States.  They provide continuing support to the program by
sharing strategies for success and participating on the board of examiners.
    Pat Pilleri, Hopkinsville plant manager, said, "We are all extremely proud
of receiving this prestigious award from the commonwealth of Kentucky, and it
was a great pleasure to accept the award on behalf of our entire team in
Hopkinsville.  It is just another way of our team demonstrating its commitment
and abilities to achieve excellence and total quality."
    The Hopkinsville facility manufacturers full frames for the General Motors
S-10 pickup, GMC Sonoma, and Isuzu Hombre; engine cradles for Saturn right-
and left-hand-drive cars; frames for the Saturn LS rear axle modules; and
front and rear sub-frames for the Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility vehicle.
    The Hopkinsville plant was also named one of the 10 best plants in North
America by IndustryWeek magazine in 1998.  Also, Dana was recently recognized
for its innovative magnetic-pulse welding technology at the Frankfurt
International Motorshow, winning the Automotive Manufacturing Award.  Dana's
Structural Products Group is using magnetic-pulse welding along with its
hydroforming processes to enhance its structural technology.
    The Parish Structural Products Division is part of the Dana Automotive
Systems Group, which consists of Spicer(R) axle products, Spicer(R) driveshaft
products, Parish(R) structural products, Nakata(R) steering and suspension
systems, FTE(R) Automotive brake and clutch systems, and a systems engineering
integration and logistics unit.
    Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest independent suppliers to
vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket.  Founded in 1904 and based in
Toledo, Ohio, the company operates some 330 major facilities in 32 countries
and employs more than 86,000 people.  The company reported sales of $12.5
billion in 1998.  Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com.


SOURCE Dana Corporation

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