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Denso Invests $190 million, Adds 320 Jobs at Athens, Tenn., Manufacturing Location

Company's second significant investment in the state in less than a year expands Tennessee's automotive manufacturing hub

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.–Denso Corp., a major global supplier of automotive technology, systems, and components, is expanding its operations in North America through a $190 million investment in its Athens, Tennessee facility. The investment by the Japan-based supplier will add four new production lines and 320 jobs, increasing Denso's ability to produce and deliver key parts for its customers. It 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 company said in a press release.

Denso plans to continue advancing automotive innovation and manufacturing in the United States. In September, the company announced a $1 billion investment in its Maryville, Tennessee facility, creating 1,000 jobs focused on electrification and safety systems.

"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 Denso Manufacturing, Athens, Tennessee. "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."

"Denso's investment of $190 million, which will add 320 jobs in Athens, Tennessee, is a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy and the American worker," said Bill Hagerty, U.S. ambassador to Japan, in the release. "Another strong example of the deep strategic and economic ties between Japan and the U.S. America is open for business!"

This investment is expected to 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.

Denso Corp. (, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems, and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics, and information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. In the United States alone, Denso employs more than 17,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

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