Denso International America Inc., the automotive supplier with a parts manufacturing facility in Osceola, Ark., recently announced a $75.5 million expansion targeting its facilities in Southfield, Mich., and Dublin, Ohio.
The vast majority ($75 million) will go to Southfield with the remaining $500,000 to Dublin. The Southfield advancement will create 120 new jobs over the next three years and expand and renovate research and development (R&D) facilities to develop the future of mobility, focusing on automotive safety, cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles.
Among the facility renovations, Denso will expand its testing facilities and add new test equipment. In the past five years, Denso has expanded its Southfield footprint by 44% with the purchase of two additional buildings and a vehicle test strip to support sales and engineering R&D activities.
The Dublin piece will include a full renovation of Denso’s current 10,000-square-foot satellite office, as well as add an additional 5,000 square feet of space on the same campus. The additional space will support R&D activity in the area of Powertrain and Infotainment. The site will also serve as a Quality Engineering lab, and host Infotainment System Validation activities.
Denso’s 224,000-square-foot Arkansas facility employs 470 and was founded in 2003. It produces HVAC assemblies and Engine Cooling Modules (ECM) for its North American customers.