No closure for Dana plant - yet
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Jan 31, 2008  |  Vote 0    0

No closure for Dana plant - yet

St. Marys Journal Argus

Despite news reports last week, the St. Marys Dana plant isn't closing -- at least, not yet.Paul Teeple, the company's vice-president of human resources, told the Journal Argus that "we have not announced that plant's closing yet."He explained that the assumption the plant  is closing "is an easy jump to make" as employees were told the week prior that the final ship dates for its current production runs would end in June and July, due to a model change for Ford. While no new contracts have been secured yet, Teeple added that "we don't want the plant to close...we are still working on (new business) opportunities."It takes approximately one year to get a contract up and running at the plant.The St. Marys plant employs approximately 400 people, "the biggest employer in town," notes mayor Jamie Hahn, who has been in talks with Dana as well as town council.In a letter sent to president of structural solutions for Dana Gilberto Ceratti, Mayor Hahn proposes a meeting between the two, along with Perth-Wellington MP Gary Schellenberger and MPP John Wilkinson."I am hopeful the meeting can results in a sharing of ideas for how government can assist with keeping the St. Marys plant as a viable operation," he says in the letter.Dana Canada employs approximately 2,000 people at nine plants in the province. Its parent company, Dana Corp. is based in Toledo, Ohio, and supplies axles, driveshafts and structural, sealing, and thermal management products to the automotive industry.It entered bankruptcy in March of 2006 and had its reorganization plans approved at the end of 2007.

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