Following Denso’s $1 billion investment in its Maryville, Tenn. facility in September, the company is now putting $190 million into its Athens, Tenn. plant to expand its operations.
The automotive technology, systems and components company hopes this is another step leading to making Tennessee a primary manufacturing centre for them. There first investment in electrification and safety systems created around 1,000 jobs while this investment has opened up 320 more positions in production, facility operations, engineering, administration, and other skilled trade positions.
As well, the investment will add four new product line including a new production line for gasoline direct injection injectors, one low pressure fuel pump, and two high pressure fuel pumps.
“Increasing our capacity to manufacture products closer to customers in North America will continue to power Denso’s growth in the region,” said Hugh Cantrell, director of Administrative Services for the company in Athens. “This investment strengthens one of our key production centres. Athens has played a major role producing and supplying our customers with key components in fuel delivery, ignition, and exhaust gas systems.”