A Japan-based global automotive
supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety, DENSO will invest an additional $55 million at its production facility in Athens, Tennessee
, adding more than 130 new manufacturing jobs.
DENSO officials said “this is in addition to the $50 million investment and 130 jobs that was announced last year to localize its gasoline direct injection injectors, bringing the total investment to approximately $105 million and 260 new jobs.”
"These are very exciting times at DENSO," said Hugh Cantrell, General Manager, DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee. "We are thankful for the past and current contribution of our associates and the support and commitment of the local community. We look forward to continued partnerships as we launch this expansion and compete to bring future products to Athens."
DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee plant, which has been producing fuel injectors since 1998 for the North America region, currently employs more than 1,000 workers. The facility also produces oxygen sensors, ignition coils, monolithic carriers and spark plugs. The firm began tooling, staffing, and training preparations in June 2013, for mass production of gasoline direct injectors in 2014. DENSO first mass produced GDI components in 1996, and started production of its third generation of GDI technology in 2012. DENSO's latest generation technology is geared to deliver more power and lower emissions while being more compact, the company said.