Denso Manufacturing Athens Tennessee (DMAT) announced that it is investing approximately $85 million to expand production of its gasoline direct injection (GDI) capability at that facility. The expansion will result in about 400 new jobs over the next three years. The company is building a new 224,000-sq-ft facility at its existing location and will start production in July 2016. This marks DMAT's third major investment in an 18-month period. The overall expansion effort will represent a total investment of approximately $190 million and more than 700 new jobs.
"This project is critical to support the growing need of gasoline direct injection in North America as automakers are turning to this technology to help meet fuel-efficiency and emissions regulations," said Brian Nolen, general manager of DMAT's gasoline products manufacturing division. "The localization of gasoline direct injection technology is resulting in new jobs, new production lines, new approaches to training and new growth among our supply partners in North America."