Dana Holding Corporation will consolidate its heavy vehicle products operations in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Statesville, North Carolina, into two locations in the Toledo, Ohio, area and a yet-to-be-determined location in Greater Detroit.

"This move will enable Dana to better align its engineering and functional support resources, providing important operating and cost efficiencies," said the supplier's heavy vehicle products group president Mark Wallace in a statement.

"The proximity to our existing operations in Maumee and southeastern Michigan will also promote enhanced technology sharing across our businesses, which will ultimately benefit our customers."

Around 150 employees work at the Kalamazoo Heavy Vehicle Products division office, which opened in 1999 and also includes an engineering and technology centre.  The Statesville facility employs about 25, primarily in sales and engineering functions. Both original locations are expected to close substantially by the end of this year.

Some of the affected employees will relocate to a facility that Dana is preparing in the Toledo, Ohio, area and others will locate within the company's Maumee-based corporate offices and technology centre.  Some employees will also relocate to the Detroit area.

As part of the consolidation, an undetermined number of existing heavy vehicle products positions would be eliminated, Dana said.