TOLEDO, Ohio (Dec. 13) — Dana Corp. named four of eight plants it plans to close within the next two years to consolidate production, balance capacity and take advantage of lower-cost manufacturing sites as the firm emerges from Chapter 11.
The four facilities slated to close thus far are the Syracuse, Ind., and Cape Girardeau, Mo., traction production facilities and the Guelph and Thorold, Ontario, Canada, structural solutions plants.
The Syracuse plant employs about 65, manufactures axle components and is expected to close by Sept. 30.
The Cape Girardeau plant employs about 200, manufactures axle components and is expected to close by June 30, 2008.
The Guelph plant employs about 25, manufactures front and rear frame structures and is expected to close by Feb. 28.
The Thorold plant employs about 150, manufactures stampings and is expected to close by June 30.
Production from the Syracuse and Cape Girardeau plants will move to Dana operations in Mexico. Operations at the Guelph plant have been eliminated by the company and most production at the Thorold facility will be moved to Dana´s Elizabethtown, Ky., structures plant.