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Denso to invest $190m in Tennessee manufacturing facility

Published 01 March 2018

Denso, a supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components for automakers, is investing $190m at its Athens, Tennessee facility, which is expected to create 320 new jobs at the site.

The investment will add four new production lines, increasing the company's ability to produce and deliver key parts for its customers.

This is the latest in a line of strategic investments in North America and part of Denso's commitment to make Tennessee a primary manufacturing center. The US economy is expected to keep growing due to policies, including recent tax reform, and Denso plans to continue advancing automotive innovation and manufacturing in the US.

In September, Denso announced a $1bn investment in its Maryville, Tennessee facility, creating 1,000 jobs focused on electrification and safety systems.

Denso Manufacturing Athens Tennessee Administrative Services director Hugh Cantrell said: "Increasing our capacity to manufacture products closer to customers in North America will continue to power Denso's growth in the region.

"This investment strengthens one of our key production centers. Athens has played a major role producing and supplying our customers with key components in fuel delivery, ignition, and exhaust gas systems."

US ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty said: “Denso’s investment of $190m, which will add 320 jobs in Athens, Tennessee, is a vote of confidence in the US economy and the American worker. 

“Another strong example of the deep strategic and economic ties between Japan and the US.  America is open for business!”

Investment details

This investment will create 320 new jobs across production, facility operations, engineering, administration and other skilled-trade positions. Athens will debut one new production line for Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) injectors, as well as one low pressure fuel pump, and two high pressure fuel pump production lines serving automakers across North America.



Source: Company Press Release