According to Dana, approximately 150 employees are currently located at the Kalamazoo heavy vehicle products division office, which opened in 1999 and also includes an engineering and technology center. The Statesville facility employs approximately 25 people, primarily in sales and engineering functions. Both original locations are expected to close by the year end.
A portion of the impacted employees will relocate to a facility, which it is securing in the Toledo, Ohio, and others will locate within the company's Maumee-based corporate offices and technology center. Some employees will also relocate to the Detroit area. As part of the consolidation, an undetermined number of existing heavy vehicle products positions will be eliminated.
Mark Wallace, group president of heavy vehicle products at Dana, said: "This move will enable Dana to better align its engineering and functional support resources, providing important operating and cost efficiencies. The proximity to our existing operations in Maumee and southeastern Michigan will also promote enhanced technology sharing across our businesses, which will ultimately benefit our customers."
Dana is a global supplier of axles, driveshafts, structural, sealing and thermal-management products and genuine service parts. Its customer base includes major vehicle manufacturer in global automotive, commercial vehicle and off-highway markets.