Dana Corporation To Supply Complete Chassis System To

Western Star Trucks Toledo, Ohio (ots-PRNewswire) - Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN) today announced that it has been selected to supply complete, heavy-duty chassis systems for Western Star Trucks Inc.'s new facility in North Charleston, S.C. The modules, to be used on Class 8 trucks, will be assembled at Dana's Spicer Heavy System Assembly facility in Lugoff, S.C., and delivered just in time, in sequence, to Western Star. Delivery is expected to begin in late 1999, with full production levels estimated at approximately 6,000 units annually. In the spirit of Dana's revolutionary Rolling Chassis(TM) module, this system will include a ladder assembly frame, dressed front and rear axles, suspension, steering gear, electric and pneumatic connection harnesses, and other components. Dana is a pioneer in heavy- and light-duty modular systems. Since 1987, its Spicer Heavy System Assembly Division has been providing complete chassis systems to other customers on a just- in-time basis from facilities in Lancaster, Pa., and Lugoff, S.C. In 1998, the Lugoff facility was selected as a finalist for IndustryWeek's "America's Best Plants" award. Both facilities are ISO and QS-9000 certified. Dana also supplied the first complete chassis system for use on a light- duty application -- the Rolling Chassis(TM) module -- for the Dodge Dakota pickup truck, which is manufactured in Curitiba, Brazil. "We are very pleased that Western Star has chosen Dana to supply complete chassis systems for its new facility," said Rick Clayton, president of Dana's Heavy Truck Group. "We understand that our full chassis system will be one of several assembly modules -- including cab, dashboard, and engine and transmission -- creating a module-based factory environment and giving Western Star great flexibility with lower investment. We look forward to delivering the first module later this year." Steve Hanley, general manager of the Spicer Heavy Systems Assembly Division, cites Dana's people and the company's 12-plus years of experience in heavy modules as a benefit for Western Star. "The future is here today, and we can help our customers and their customers by taking the component supply business to the next level," he said. Western Star Trucks Holdings Ltd. manufactures heavy duty trucks for world markets through its Western Star Trucks Inc. subsidiary in Kelowna, British Columbia, and its ERF subsidiary in the United Kingdom. It also supplies transit buses for the North American market through its Orion Bus Industries subsidiary in Mississauga, Ontario, and Oriskany, N.Y. Western Star's internet address is www.wstar.com. The Spicer Heavy Systems Assembly Division is part of Dana's Heavy Truck Group, one of Dana's seven strategic business units. The Heavy Truck Group designs, manufactures, and supplies front, drive, and trailer axle and brake components and modules; driveshafts; PTOs; cab modules; and complete chassis modules for global truck and trailer manufacturers. Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest independent suppliers to vehicle manufacturers and their related aftermarkets. 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 www.dana.com. Rolling Chassis(TM) is a trademark of Dana Corporation. ots Original Text Service: Dana Corporation Internet: http://www.newsaktuell.de Contact: Gary Corrigan of Dana (USA) 419-535-4813 Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/226839.html or fax, (USA) 800- 758-5804, ext. 226839 Web site: http://www.wstar.com Web site: http://www.dana.com

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