Today marks Dana Corp.’s 100th birthday. Company founder Clarence Spicer, an engineer, began producing his encased universal joint on April 1, 1904. This product effectively replaced the sprocket-and-chain power transmission, the manufacturer said.

Charles Dana, an attorney and financer, became involved in 1914 and expanded u-joint production and added axles, frames, transmissions, and engine products to the company’s line.

Toledo, OH-based Dana Corp. designs and manufactures products and systems for automotive, commercial, and off-highway vehicles.