DETROIT - One of North America's largest automotive parts makers intends to build a bigger presence in the Detroit area.
Dana Corp., of Toledo, Ohio, plans to consolidate some far-flung operations in Southeast Michigan into a new Farmington Hills technology center, according to plans filed in late April with the city.
Some Dana officials said construction could begin within two months on the proposed 108,000-square-foot building. According to a city planning official, Dana's plans indicate 94 people could work there.
The new research and development/sales office will house employees from other nearby Dana offices. Employees would begin transferring to the building in September 1999. Dana employs about 640 people in the Detroit area.
About 80 percent of the three-story building will be office space, with the rest devoted to research and development. The lower floors will include testing facilities.
Automotive News ranks Dana as the third-largest original equipment parts supplier to North America.