Dana Assigns Chemical-, Fluid-Management

April 27, 2004
Houghton contract seen cutting overall consumption

Houghton Fluidcare has entered into a contract for chemical-management services at all of Dana Corp.’s North American manufacturing operations. Houghton was chosen after a year-long evaluation process.

Dana is seeking to reudce its overall chemical and industrial fluids usage. Houghton will manage the industrial fluids and selected chemicals used at Dana’s 93 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and introduce and provide an overview of its services to all Dana sites. Plant chemical-management teams will make the final selection for chemical-management services.

Contract implementation began in April for the first 10 Dana facilities, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, and Ontario. Dana plans to have chemical-management programs launched and running in 27 U.S. and five Canadian plants by the end of 2004.

"We selected Houghton because the company delivers a value-driven program," said Chris Dawson, manager non-production global supply chain management, for Dana.

"In taking a collective strategy toward chemical management at all of its facilities, Dana Corporation will not only realize greater cost-savings than each plant could achieve independently, it will also have a continuity throughout the organization in terms of how it addresses chemical management issues," said Dan Fisher, vice president FLUIDCARE at Houghton International.