published Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Denso Manufacturing to expand Athens TN plant, add 130 jobs

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    Mitch Isbill prepares fuel injectors for final inspection at Denso Manufacturing in Athens, Tenn. in this file photo.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Denso Manufacturing in Athens, Tenn., is investing another $55 million and adding more than 130 new manufacturing jobs to boost production of its gasoline direct injectors.

The Japanese-based automotive supplier announced today that it will expand its Athens complex again this year, in addition to the $50 million expansion that added 130 jobs last year. Denso currently employs more than 1,000 employees in McMinn County, where the automotive supplier has produced fuel injectors since 1998 for the North American auto market.

“These are very exciting times at Denso," Hugh Cantrell, general manager for Denso's operations in Athens, said in a statement today. "We look forward to continued partnerships as we launch this expansion and compete to bring future products to Athens."

Denso Manufacturing in Athens, one of more than 200 subsidiaries of the Japanese-based Denso Corp., produces oxygen sensors, ignition coils, monolithic carriers and spark plugs in Athens. The company began tooling, staffing and training 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.

Depending on engine size, Denso’s GDI system can help automakers achieve up to 20 percent fuel economy while also helping reduce CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent. For consumers, it means more mileage for the money and an overall savings at the gas pump.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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