Source: Knoxville News Sentinel | t | January 6, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee speaks before going on a tour of DENSO’s new Central Region Technical Training Center in Maryville on Friday, January 3, 2020.

Gov. Bill Lee speaks before going on a tour of DENSO’s new Central Region Technical Training Center in Maryville on Friday, January 3, 2020. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel )

Worldwide manufacturer Denso gave Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee a sneak peek of its new technical training center in Maryville on Friday. The center, set to open Feb. 7, will keep regional Denso employees trained on the newest advanced manufacturing technologies as they develop.

The project is part of Denso’s commitment to invest $1 billion in its Maryville presence, first announced in 2017.

“This is one of the most important employers in Tennessee and you’re employing people that are a part of the future workforce,” Gov. Lee said in an address to Denso leadership during the tour. “The automotive industry is a major part of our economy here, it’s ever-changing and you’re ever-changing as a leader in that industry.”

Denso manufactures products like alternators, intelligent cockpit instruments, keyless entry, blind spot detection, engine control units and wireless phone chargers.

The training center educates about 1,500 students a year and will offer training in labs focusing on electricity, robotics and mechanics.

Denso employees can take 53 hands-on courses in areas like electrical, mechanical, mechatronic and fundamentals of automation.

Denso is also collaborating with Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College and TCAT Knoxville to prepare future employees for new technologies as they develop.

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