Denso Manufacturing Michigan Inc., which makes automotive air conditioning and engine cooling systems, is expanding in Battle Creek, Mich.
The Toyota-affiliated Japanese supplier plans to add new manufacturing capabilities at its Battle Creek plant to support additional sales with its North American customers, investing more than $37 million and creating 125 jobs, it said Wednesday.
The project was been awarded a $687,500 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The city of Battle Creek and/or Battle Creek Unlimited will support the project through training and relocation assistance, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Wednesday.
Denso Manufacturing Michigan Inc., founded in Battle Creek in 1984, is a unit of of Denso International America Inc.
DMMI is the lead plant for Denso’s Thermal Systems North American Center TAC and the largest employer in Battle Creek. DMMI manufactures automotive air conditioning and engine cooling components and systems, including condensers, radiators, CRFMs (condenser, radiator and fan modules), heater cores, evaporators and HVAC units. The DMMI campus in Battle Creek comprises nearly 1.4 million square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and administrative floor space in six buildings on more than 100 acres of land.
DMMI is a subsidiary of Japan's Denso Corp., the world's second-largest auto supplier last year with an estimated $36 billion in business with automakers, according to Automotive News research.
“The jobs Denso offers today are significantly different than when we started production in Battle Creek 30 years ago,” DMMI President Andris Staltmanis said. “We are excited to make this investment to train and prepare our current and future employees for these higher-skilled, higher-paying, sustainable jobs.”
Automotive News contributed to this report.