A farewell to Dana's good old days

It was always fun to visit Dana’s headquarters because it was different than the industrial-grade offices preferred by most automotive suppliers.

In the old days, the Dana Corp. buildings had a courteous, friendly ambience on the order of Southern hospitality. Much of that feeling was due to the family-like corporate culture.

But part of it had to do with the buildings and the pleasant, green campus where they sit in west Toledo. If you squint just a little, the whole thing looks like a country manor estate nestled in a pastoral setting south of the Mason-Dixon line.

And for serious golfers it doesn’t hurt that the very private, very upscale, much storied Inverness Club is just across the street. In fatter times it was a favorite haunt of some top Dana execs.

Considering the challenges facing suppliers these days, selling the old homestead makes a lot of sense for Dana Holding Corp., which is the post-Chapter 11 remnant of the once-grand Dana enterprise.

But that doesn’t mean it won't be missed.

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