DENSO International America Inc. has opened a thermal assembly plant and warehouse facility in Urbandale, Iowa. The new facility, named DENSO Manufacturing Michigan Iowa Plant (DMIA), represents a half million dollar investment and seven new jobs.
The Urbandale plant assembles cooling modules for the agricultural and construction industries, and handles pass-through products, such as radiator assemblies and cooling modules for the construction, agriculture and electric power industries. The plant is localizing products that were previously assembled in the United Kingdom for U.S. customers. The company expects to expand to 20 employees and nearly double its production within two years.
DENSO says it plans to invest nearly more than $750 million dollars in the United States and nearly $2 billion in North America to strengthen and expand its product development and manufacturing capabilities across the region.
“While this is an extension of our existing thermal operations in Michigan and in the U.K., this is very much an Iowa facility," says Howard Sugi, president and chief executive officer of DENSO International America. “DENSO has been in Iowa since 1974, when we opened our first facility in Cedar Falls, mainly to support heavy duty, off highway engine management and others.”
DENSO Corporation, 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. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs approximately 130,000 people. In North America, DENSO employs more than 14,000 people at 28 consolidated companies and affiliates.
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