Denso President Jack Hemboldt with Governor Bill Haslam

DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee President Jack Hemboldt with Gov. Bill Haslam and other dignitaries cut the ribbon on the company’s new Maryville facility Friday.

DENSO made it official today. The foundation — complete with walls, ceiling and utilities — for its new advanced manufacturing facility at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee in Maryville is in place.

The automotive-parts plant will produce next-generation devices to supply equipment for electrification, connectivity and advanced safety products to car manufacturers in the United States and around the world.

On hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremonies at DMTN in Blount County Industrial Park were U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Kenichiro "Ken" Ito, chairman of DENSO's North American Board of Directors and chief executive officer of DENSO International America Inc., as well as other VIPS and local officials to celebrate completion of the plant building.

The grand opening comes 14 months after DENSO announced the expansion at its Maryville facilities, a $1 billion investment that will create 1,000 new jobs.

Check Saturday's edition of The Daily Times or come back to thedailytimes.com for expanded coverage of this event.

Bob has served in a variety of roles since joining The Daily Times in the 90s. He currently is editor of the business section. When someone gets promoted, retires or gets hired at a new job in Blount County, he's the man to email.

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