Manufacturer of starters, alternators, instrument clusters, safety components, and various automotive electronic products and inverters for hybrid vehicles
Yoshino Cherry Trees Planted in Honor of CARE Award and 30th Anniversary
DENSO Grad Ad in The Daily Times:
DENSO Maryville will honor the graduating high school seniors of our associates by placing an ad with senior photos in The Daily Times (no cost to associates) for the newspaper’s special May graduation edition.
A canine shout out to all our associates for purchasing Veterans Day t-shirts in November. Thanks to your generosity, $3,136 has been donated to the Smoky Mountain Service Dogs (SMSD), an organization dedicated to training dogs for mobility assistance for Veterans with disabilities.
This week, SMSD Chairman Mike Kitchens (pictured center right) was presented a check from five associates representing our armed forces. Pictured left to right are veterans Scott McNelly, Sean Irwin, Charlie Parker, Ron Strickland and John Raper. Learn more about the organization at smokymountainservicedogs.org.
While some may say ‘30 is the new 20’, DMTN has a few areas that could use a makeover. The recently renovated and dedicated DENSO Visitor Center is the most recent in our Extreme Makeover series.
Starting in 2018, for the first time in 13 years, plans were drawn to renovate and completely make over the Building 101 lobby. Two years later, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, during last month’s 30th anniversary, the renovations were unveiled and the
lobby was officially dedicated and renamed the DENSO Visitor Center.
“Everyone would agree the timing couldn’t have been worse,” said Corporation Functions Senior Manager Bob Booker during the ceremony. “We wanted to showcase the new lobby, hold a grand opening, celebrate in true DENSO fashion, but we just couldn’t.”
While the celebration was limited in attendance due to social distancing requirements, nearly 500 attendees watched the unveiling virtually.
The renovated DENSO Visitor Center features a modern display video wall with enhanced audio, six interactive kiosks, redesigned spaces for team and visitor collaboration meetings and state-of-the-art sound, lighting and security – all reflecting the DENSO Crafting the Core brand.
The DENSO Visitor Center will be a testimonial to the hard work and dedication of our associates and display the skills and technology our company uses to produce the world’s best automotive components and systems.
Once the pandemic restrictions are lifted, the center will be ready to display the next generation to community members, guests, officials and especially our associates.
COVID-19 has led us to think and plan outside the box. It’s no different for how our company recruits future associates.
Last week, DENSO hosted a collaborative virtual tour with Detroit’s Girls in Engineering Academy (GEA), DENSO North America and DMTN. 30 students learned about our company’s global reach and what it’s like to be an engineer from a group of cross functional female engineers who connected virtually. The students also showed off their skills by completing and presenting a special mobility challenge.
The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) established GEA to improve academic achievement and increase interest in engineering among young female students. DENSO is more than happy to advance their mission. Special thanks to our own outstanding engineers Patrice Brooks, Anna Costa, Christine Martin, Beth Rollins and Mackenzie Swicegood.
DENSO announced last week that it has awarded more than $1.5 million in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education grants to 13 North American colleges and universities. The grants are made possible by DENSO North America Foundation and support the company’s mission to develop a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, now and in the future. TCAT in Athens and Tennessee Tech were both recipients. Visit denso.com to see the complete list of recipients.
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a shortage of medical supplies across the world, so when DMTN reached out to Blount Memorial Hospital to see how we could help, the DENSO spirit took over.
“They are in dire need of face shields,” said Britt Autry, DMTN Vice President. “Our associates stepped up, designed a product, developed modeling and had a prototype within a day.”
Since Tuesday, March 24, a visor and shield have been designed and produced. After several modifications, a molding die started being developed for both parts and DENSO purchased straps to assemble the face shield.
Three days later, 30 DENSO face shield prototypes were donated to Blount Memorial Hospital. This week, an additional 75 prototypes are being sent to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
“We can’t thank DENSO enough,” said Alissa McMahon, BMH Director of Quality Management. “Everywhere you look, medical supplies are hard to come by. You are making us – and I’m sure eventually many other hospitals – extremely happy.”
Over the next two weeks, DMTN associates will install production cells in Building 204 to begin mass production. The line should be complete by April 8.
“This is DENSO spirit at is finest and fastest,” said Mark Moses, Intelligent Cockpit Director. “From idea, to design, to production, through safety and legal, it’s been a team effort and everyone should be extremely proud of what we can do together.”
We are surely in unprecedented times, but everyone knows we’ll get through this as DENSO Together.
The DENSO face shield, to be produced in Building 204, says “Thank you for taking care of us!”
DMTN’s Britt Autry demonstrates how the DENSO face shield is assembled to Blount Memorial Hospital’s Alissa McMahon.
Blount Memorial nurses show off the recently designed and 3D printed face shield prototypes DMTN will start producing in the next couple weeks. Pictured (L to R) are: Cara White, Holly King, Mariah Moore, Ari Small and Barbara Cave.
Last week, DMTN hosted our largest tour group to date – 168 students from Hardin Valley Academy. The students visited the Information Safety Division where they enjoyed some friendly competition with DENSO trivia, a question and answer session on career opportunities and a brief tour.
Thank you to all of our associates who helped us host such a large group!
DENSO is proud to support Blount County as our community celebrates diversity and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy at the annual MLK Celebration January 17-20. This year’s theme is “Sharing Our Stories: From the Movement to the Moment.” Most events are free and open to the public.
MLK Kids and Families Fair
Saturday, January 18, 2020 / 1 p.m. at the Blount County Library
Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with an afternoon of fun, interactive and educational activities. Arts and crafts, games and learning activities at this year’s fair will be coordinated by a variety of community groups.
Community Worship Service
Sunday, January 19, 2020 / 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Alcoa
Rev. Dr. Willa Estell, Pastor of St. Paul AME Zion Church in Maryville will be the speaker for the afternoon. The MLK Celebration Mass Choir will render the music.
MLK Day March/Program
Monday, January 20, 2020 / 12:30 p.m. Assemble at MLK Center
12:45 p.m. March from MLK Center to Maryville College / 2 p.m. Program at Nutt Theatre in Clayton Center
All Blount County residents are encouraged to participate in the last event of the celebration. A march to Maryville College will assemble at 12:30 p.m. at the MLK Center (209 East Franklin Street) in Alcoa. The program will begin promptly at 2 p.m. at the Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College. The keynote speaker is Dr. Frances Henderson, professor in Gender and Women’s Studies and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. The MLK Celebration Mass Choir will render the music.