Atsuhiko “Art” Shimmura has been named DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee’s sixth president, effective April 2, succeeding Masahiko “Mack” Hattori, who has been president since 2004 during several years of continuing company growth. Hattori guided the automotive technology supplier through increasing sales, capital improvements and stable employment.
The company’s growth included its largest single expansion in the Blount County Industrial Park, a new 214,000 square-foot plant that began production last October and represents a $185 million investment in the expanding automotive electronics business. Hattori will remain through that plant’s grand opening ceremony on Friday.
He will continue his career at DENSO Corporation, DENSO’s headquarters in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, which has operations in 32 nations.
Shimmura, whose background is human resources and business planning, was instrumental in helping DENSO (formerly Nippondenso) research Maryville as a manufacturing location in 1988. He will be serving his second assignment at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, which rotates its presidents every several years.
Shimmura previously was human resources coordinator from 1989 to 1995.