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Dana Thermal Products Plans Auburn Hills, Michigan, Manufacturing Plant

Dana Thermal Products, a subsidiary of Dana Incorporated, a global leader in thermal management technologies for the mobility industry, will establish a new battery cooling plate manufacturing operation in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The $54.2 million project is expected to create 200 jobs by 2025.

The company plans to lease space in a 350,000-square-foot building where it will manufacture battery cooling plates designed to extract heat from lithium-ion battery cells, according to state officials. Production is planned to begin in early 2023.

“Today’s Michigan Strategic Fund approvals will create and retain 672 good-paying jobs and invest $153 million across Auburn Hills, Lansing, and Detroit,” said Governor Whitmer. “These projects will build on our manufacturing heritage and advance our mobility and electrification leadership. Together, we will help us continue to drive growth in Michigan by funding economic development projects, investing in our communities, creating jobs for our residents, and advancing initiatives that build long-term opportunity throughout the state. I will work with anyone to keep getting things done and grow our economy.”

Dana provides various thermal management technologies including battery cooling plates, cold plates and power electronics cooling to global automakers.

“The $44 million investment in electric vehicle battery production is outstanding news for the highly skilled workers who can fill those new jobs,” added Oakland County Executive David Coulter. “It’s also a boost for the advanced manufacturing reputation for both Michigan and Oakland County.”

The company anticipates that one of its largest opportunities for growth is within the electrification market and is investing to position itself as a leader in EV technologies as core customers and markets are making the shift, according to state officials.

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