Denso adds 320 jobs in McMinn County, TN
Auto supplier Denso Manufacturing said today it will invest another $190 million and add 320 jobs at its facilities in Athens, Tenn.
Denso said it plans to add four production lines in Athens, increasing the company's production of fuel injectors, fuel pumps, oxygen sensors, ignition coils, monolithic carriers and spark plugs for auto makers across North America.
"Increasing our capacity to manufacture products closer to customers in North America will continue to power Denso's growth in the region," Hugh Cantrell, director of administrative services for Denso in Athens, said in a statement today. "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."
The Japanese automotive parts maker is already one of McMinn County's biggest employers with 1,375 workers in Athens. Today' announcement is the latest in a series of investments by Denso as part of the company's commitment to make Tennessee a primary manufacturing center.
Denso has three locations in the state – Maryville, Athens and Jackson – and employs roughly 4,500 people in Tennessee.
Last year, the company announced a $1 billion investment in its Maryville facility, creating 1,000 jobs focused on electrification and safety systems.
"Denso is one of Tennessee's largest employers and has been a valuable part of our state for 30 years," Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said today. "The expansion in Athens demonstrates the confidence that employers have in our workforce and economy."
By Dave Flessner, Times Free Press