|Toledo, Ohio - Dana Corporation officially opened the doors of
its state-of-the-art technology center for heavy-truck systems research and development in
Kalamazoo, Mich. An open house and dedication ceremony will be held to introduce the
facility to the Kalamazoo community.
Dana's Heavy Truck Technology Center is the
worldwide office and research and development facility for Dana's Spicer Heavy Axle and
Brake Division, which supplies a complete line of axle and brake components for heavy- and
medium-duty commercial trucks and buses. The new technology center will afford Dana a
center for advanced research and development of these heavy-truck products.
Dana Chairman and CEO Joe Magliochetti said, "Dana is committed to the development
of those new technologies and products that go beyond today's demands, and create future
value for our customers and our shareholders. This new technology center enables us to
collaborate more effectively and leverage the knowledge, skills and abilities of the most
innovative thought leaders in the heavy truck sector."
Rick Clayton, president of Dana's Heavy Truck Group, said, "Spicer's reputation
for quality in the global marketplace has set the standard in the industry. Dana is
dedicated to continually improving our products, systems, and relationships with our
customers." "The Heavy Truck Technology Center plays a key role in maintaining
Dana's leadership position in the global heavy axle market. It is another example of
Dana's commitment to new technology and development, as well as a statement of our
confidence in the growth opportunities within the Heavy Truck market," he added.
The 154,000 square-foot Technology Center is located on 28 acres in The Groves, an
education, business, and technology park. With more than 75,000 square feet dedicated to
research and development testing, the center will enable Dana to continue providing the
superior systems and products to lead the industry.
Dana worked in cooperation with Kalamazoo Valley Community College, the City of
Kalamazoo, and the State of Michigan to bring the new Heavy Truck Technology Center to the
area. The Dana Heavy Truck Group engineers and produces strategic components, modules, and
systems for the world's on-highway medium- and heavy-truck manufacturers. One of Dana's
strategic business units, the group supplies steer axles, drive axles, trailer and
auxiliary axles, brakes, power take-off and auxiliary power products, heavy-chassis
assembly and distribution systems. All technological and manufacturing resources are
coordinated on a global basis to provide solutions to customers around the world.
(May 05, 2000)