DENSO Announces Andris Staltmanis as Interim President of Guelph, Ontario, Thermal Production Facility – Current president retires, will serve as executive advisor during transition –

May. 12, 2020 News Releases

Guelph, Ontario, Canada (May 12, 2020)DENSO, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, announced today that Andris Staltmanis, CEO of DENSO North America Thermal operations, has taken on the additional role of interim president of DENSO’s Guelph, Ontario, thermal production facility as Rich vanOorschot retires. Guelph facility Plant Director John Klassen will manage daily operations.

Andris Staltmanis
Andris Staltmanis

Staltmanis assumed leadership of the facility on May 1. vanOorschot, a 40-year industry veteran who worked at DENSO for 12 years and was the Guelph facility’s first Canadian president, will continue as an executive advisor during the transition. During his time as president, vanOorschot established the Guelph facility as one of the most efficient DENSO facilities in the region and was heavily involved in local organizations, like the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, KidsAbility and Special Olympics. He has and will continue to be a valued and respected member of the greater Guelph community.

“Rich is leaving a legacy of innovation, engagement and kaizen, meaning continuous improvement, across DENSO and the entire Guelph community,” Staltmanis said. “John and I will work closely with Rich during this transition to tap his institutional knowledge. I look forward to working with the Guelph team to continue to provide exceptional service to our customers and community.” 

Staltmanis first joined DENSO in 1986 as a process engineer in the molding department. He became president of DENSO’s Arkansas facility in 2012, overseeing all operations and North America’s Thermal Systems Center Production Control. In 2015, he was promoted to president of DENSO’s thermal manufacturing facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. He assumed his current role as CEO of DENSO North America Thermal operations in 2019.

“Andris brings the strategic perspective, leadership skills and industry experience that will inspire our employees to continually deliver the highest levels of service to our customers in North America, as well as our families, friends and neighbors in the Guelph community,” vanOorschot said.

Plant director Klassen has been at DENSO for nearly 14 years. He is responsible for safety, quality, delivery, pricing, talent development, and leads the facility’s annual bike donation to the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition.

In retirement, vanOorschot is looking forward to spending more time with this family. This summer, he will celebrate his 39th wedding anniversary with his wife and welcome his 13th grandchild.


DENSO is a $47.6 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 221 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company's 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 9.9 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. For more information about global DENSO, visit    

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