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(WBIR) A global automotive supplier announced a major investment in its Athens plant including 130 new jobs.

Auto parts manufacturer, DENSO, said it would pump $55 million in its manufacturing facility in McMinn County. This comes after another major announcement from the Athens facility last year that would bring 130 new positions. The total investment is now $105 million with 260 jobs.

"These are very exciting times at DENSO," said Hugh Cantrell, general manager, DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee in a press release Tuesday. "We are thankful for the past and current contribution of our associates and the support and commitment of the local community. We look forward to continued partnerships as we launch this expansion and compete to bring future products to Athens!"

The funds will help create DENSO's gasoline direct injection injectors. The company said the injectors can help drivers save money on gas and help automakers increase fuel economy and reduce emissions.

The Athens plant currently employs 1,000 people and produces fuel injectors, oxygen sensors, ignition coils, monolithic carriers and spark plugs.

The Japanese corporation employs more than 17,000 nationwide including manufacturing facilities in Maryville and Jackson.

Visit DENSO online to learn more about employment opportunities.

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