Denso Grand Opening Set for Thursday in Osceola

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.

Denso employs more than 15,000 people in the United States, and as many as 104,000 worldwide.  The company is a leading global supplier of advanced automotive technology systems and components.