Denso Formally Unveils New Osceola Plant

NOVEMBER 3, 2005 - Posted at 12:36 p.m. CST

OSCEOLA, AR - The combination of Japanese tradition with a warm Southern welcome by local Arkansas officials was the recipe for a successful grand opening ceremony this morning for Denso Manufacturing's new Osceola facility.

Governor Mike Huckabee headed the lists of guests attending the event, as well as Japanese Consulate General Masaru Sakato and Denso president and CEO Koichi Fukaya, among others.

Performing at the ceremony was the Osceola Select Choir, a group of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from the Academic Center of Excellence and Osceola Middle School.  The ceremony also included a Japanese sake barrel-breaking ceremony, which signifies the beginning of a new business endeavor.

Denso manufactures heating and air conditioning components for the automotive industry and radiators for the heavy equipment industry.  The Osceola plant will eventually employ up to 500 workers, and is the company's 23rd manufacturing facility in North America.