Dana to build axle plant at former Willys-Overland site in Toledo

Dana to build axle plant at former Willys-Overland site in Toledo

New plant on storied address will supply nearby FCA plant with Jeep axles.


Maumee, Ohio – Dana Holding Corp. is building a new axle plant for Jeep models on the site of the old Willys-Overland Motors plant in Toledo, Ohio, where the original Jeep military vehicle was developed and built. The site is a few miles from FCA US LLC’s Jeep complex.

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority redeveloped the property in conjunction with NAI Harmon Group. The new facility, adjacent to Interstate 75, is optimally located to support automakers throughout the geographic region.

Dana plans to expand a recently constructed 100,000ft2 facility on the property to nearly 300,000ft2. Throughout the next few years, the company plans to invest approximately $70 million and employ more than 300 associates by 2020.

"Dana has remained committed to metropolitan Toledo, its home for nearly 90 years. In 2015, we strengthened our commitment to the area by consolidating numerous satellite offices in the region into our expanded World Headquarters and Technology Center in Maumee," says James Kamsickas, Dana president and CEO. "The investment in this new manufacturing facility is another substantial example of Dana's commitment to the city and our community. It is an honor for Dana to return manufacturing to the same historic site where Toledo's automotive industry began more than 100 years ago."

In addition to its longstanding partnership with the Jeep brand, the expanded Toledo facility will support axle assembly for another global automaker.

Beginning in late 2017, Dana plans to assemble enhanced versions of its industry-recognized Dana 30 and Dana 44 axles, which will deliver increased power density and performance in a smaller package. Future axle programs and assembly lines are also possible.

To support this investment, Dana received financial and other assistance from the State of Ohio and JobsOhio, the Regional Growth Partnership, Lucas County, the City of Toledo, the Port Authority, and First Energy. Dana's decision to locate the new facility in Toledo is subject to the formal approvals of financial incentives by state and local entities, which are expected later this month.

Bob Pyle, president, Dana Light Vehicle Driveline Technologies, says, "Our Toledo facility will integrate Dana's best global manufacturing practices and advanced operating systems. The plant's products, which will feature Dana's latest axle technologies – along with its close proximity to our customers and our World Headquarters and Maumee Technology Center – will benefit our customers, employees, and shareholders."

Source: Dana Holding Corp.