Toyota Industries Corp. and Denso Corp. broke ground last week on their latest joint venture, a 185,000 square foot manufacturing facility for automotive air-conditioning compressors in Pendergrass, said Shane Hix, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s deputy press secretary.

Mr. Perdue participated in the ground-breaking ceremony in Jackson County for TD Automotive Compressor Georgia LLC’s facility, he said.

“The project speaks to the strong relationship Georgia continues to build with Japanese industry and also to the strategic position Georgia enjoys in the southern automotive corridor,” said Kevin Langston, director of communications for the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The joint venture of the two Japanese companies will initially invest $60 million and create 130 jobs that are expected to double within five years from the initial operation, he said.

According to a Denso statement, the Georgia facility expects to employ approximately 300 people by 2006, and by 2010 produce 2 million compressors per year.

Toyoto Industries and Denso jointly established their first plant to manufacture compressors in Parma, Mich., in 1989. The initial employment of 150 in that joint venture has grown to 900, Mr. Langston said.

“Automotive suppliers continue to find that Georgia offers an unbeatable combination of top-rate logistics capabilities, a great workforce with industry-leading training programs like Quickstart, and a geographic positioning at the heart of the South’s growing cluster of auto assemblers,” he added.

For more information, contact Mr. Langston at (404) 962-4006 or

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