DENSO’s Athens and Maryville locations Recognized by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

Jun. 20, 2017 News Releases

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.– The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TGSP) has recognized DENSO’s Athens and Maryville locations for outstanding environmental conservation and vision for creating a sustainable automotive society. A recent article from the Tennessee Green Star Partnership highlighted key environmental initiatives at each facility, including DENSO’s EcoParks and continued focus on recycling, energy management, and diverting waste material from landfills.

“Protecting the environment in which we work and engaging our community in a dialogue about environmental conservation are pillars of our business,” said Jack Helmboldt, President, DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee. “We pride ourselves on thinking of new ways to achieve sustainability and engage the community with hands-on learning opportunities that drive measurable impact.”

The article noted several environmental achievements at both Athens and Maryville:

  • Athens successfully diverted 98 percent of waste material (about 3,868 tons) from the landfill, amounting to 7.7 million pounds of recyclable material; Maryville reduced landfill material from 2,928 tons in 2000 to 9 tons in 2016
  • Athens implemented new pollution control technology to create a supplementary energy source and reduce overall CO2 emissions
  • Maryville implemented an “ice plant system” in its HVAC units, reducing the cost of cooling by about 40 percent, as well as reducing maintenance and downtime, and eliminating ozone depleting refrigerants
  • Both facilities engaged local communities at outdoor EcoParks around topics like recycling, litter prevention, pollution, and composting

TGSP also recognized how each facility’s environmental efforts align with DENSO’s worldwide Eco-Vision initiative. Eco-Vision provides local facilities with a blueprint to achieve a sustainable automotive society, and the decisions to implement non-traditional methods and technologies to improve energy efficiency and waste diversion enable teams to deliver on that promise, according to the article. DENSO’s ECO VISION policy, which was first launched in 1997, has been in place for nearly 20 years.

These recognitions build on DENSO’s history of environmental accolades in Tennessee. The TGSP has recognized the Athens and Maryville teams as Green Star Partners since 2002. TGSP Green Star Partners demonstrate commitment to continuously improve sustainability practices across their operations.

About DENSO in North America

DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 28 consolidated subsidiaries and 4 affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, go to Connect with DENSO on Facebook at

About DENSO Worldwide

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to, or visit our media website at