LANSING, Mich.—The state of Michigan will offer Denso International America Inc. a $950,000 grant as the Toyota-affiliated auto supplier expands its North American headquarters in Southfield, Mich., a suburb of Detroit.
Denso executives met with Gov. Rick Snyder on the first day of his trade trip to Japan, with a focus on Michigan talent and automotive research, the governor's office said. He also met with executives from Toyota Motor Corp. and Aisin Seiki Co.
The U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Denso Corp. said in July that it plans to spend $75 million by 2021 and create 120 jobs as part of its expansion project. The Southfield headquarters will include new testing facilities and equipment related to automotive safety, cybersecurity and self-driving vehicle components.
Michigan Works will offer workforce training and development programs worth $680,000, Snyder's office said, and the city of Southfield has offered wellness center memberships to Denso employees.
"The decision by Denso to invest in its headquarters and focus on advanced mobility solutions in Michigan demonstrates how leading-edge, global companies are looking to Michigan to grow in the autonomous vehicle space," Snyder said in a statement. "We applaud Denso's commitment to Michigan and look forward to working with the company as it continues to develop advanced mobility vehicles and technologies."
Denso ranks No. 4 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with estimated worldwide sales to auto makers of $36.18 billion in the 2016 fiscal year.