NOVEMBER 1, 2005 - Posted at 3:27 p.m. CST
OSCEOLA, AR - Denso corporate officials will formally open their new manufacturing facility in Osceola Thursday morning in a "traditional Japanese ceremony" which will feature musicians "performing in costume in traditional Japanese instruments."
Denso broke ground on the facility in 2003. The plant will manufacture auto parts and is expected to eventually employ up to 500 people.
Governor Mike Huckabee is expected to be on hand for Thursday's ceremony, and will be joined by Denso worldwide President and CEO Koichi Fukaya, and Masaru Sakato, Consul General to Japan. Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore will also participate in the ceremony, as will Jerry McGuire, President of Denso Manufacturing of Arkansas.
Following a 9:30 a.m. ceremony, Denso officials will host a media tour of the new plant.