DENSO, a global manufacturer of automotive components and leading mobility supplier, celebrated the grand opening of a new production facility in Tennessee last week.
The plant will produce advanced systems to help automakers transition to electric and autonomous vehicles and is expected to support 1,000 new manufacturing jobs when fully operational.
“The shift to electric vehicles will occur in stages, but we need to ramp up R&D and production now,” Kenichiro Ito, chairman of DENSO’s North America Board of Directors and chief executive officer of DENSO International America, said in a statement. “Our long-term vision is a future with enhanced mobility, with less impact on the environment, and DENSO is committed to advancing automotive innovation and helping our customers meet today’s and tomorrow’s transportation demands.”
The new 360,000-square-foot plant is part of a previously announced $1 billion investment in DENSO’s manufacturing complex in Maryville, Tennessee. That complex already employs more than 4,300 people.
Earlier this year, DENSO announced a $190 million investment in its facility in Athens, Tennessee, supporting four new production lines and 320 new jobs.
DENSO employs more than 17,000 workers in the United States across 25 different facilities.
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