Parts maker DENSO announced it has invested $10 million as part of a purchase of an additional building in Southfield, next to its auto component headquarters in the U.S.
The company owns assembly plants in seven states, its largest in Battle Creek, and produces a wide range of automotive electrical and mechanical components.
The new 81,000 square-foot Southfield building is intended to be used for research and development and is expected to add 176 jobs, according to Terry Helgesen, senior vice president of industry relations, who announced the purchase Tuesday morning at the Detroit auto show.
Currently, DENSO employs more than 4,000 people in Michigan and in the past year added more than 400 workers at its Battle Creek plant, which makes climate control components and radiators. The company is also adding 130 jobs and is investing $55 million in its Athens, Tenn., electrical and fuel component plant, it announced at the show.
DENSO also announced a consortium of automakers and suppliers and other experts that it has been working with for the past two and a half years studying the increase in teen driving accidents in the U.S.
Justin McBride, senior manager of body control systems, said the company has been working with Honda, Subaru and Jaguar Land Rover as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other experts to learn how to improve human-machine interface knowledge to prevent teen accidents.
McBride said he is making the announcement at the show to make the consortium more visible to other manufacturers.