Last Friday, DMTN hosted the grand opening of the Central Technical Training Center located at Building 105. As snow fell across campus, community members and DENSO executives arrived to dedicate the new facility and demonstrate what it means for DENSO’s future.
DENSO North America CEO Kenichiro Ito was the first to speak at the podium, sharing his vision for the training center. “We believe human cultivation is key…collaboration between craftsmen and engineers is extremely important for success.”
Other speakers included TN Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell. Although the weather prevented former United States Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty from attending, he delivered a speech to the audience via live phone message.
“DENSO is a flagship corporate citizen here in Tennessee, critical to the fabric of our state economy and our culture,” said Hagerty. Consul-General of Japan Kayako Fukushima was also in attendance.
After Hagerty’s message, United Way of Blount County CEO Jennifer Wackerhagen presented DENSO with the Community Impact Award as a result of DENSO’s philanthropic contributions to the community.
The ceremony ended with an official ribbon cutting led by Mr. Ito. Both community members and DENSO associates then toured the training center for an up close look at opportunities the facility provides.
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