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.
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