U.S. Army, auto supplier partner in recruiting program

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The U.S. Army has more than 616 partner corporations and public sector agencies across the nation, including General Motors, Quicken Loans, Spectrum Health, Michigan State Police, Kalamazoo Public Safety and Aldevra. Courtesy DENSO

The Great Lakes Army Recruiting Battalion and DENSO’s thermal manufacturing facility in Battle Creek are partnering to provide priority hiring status to qualified soldiers participating in the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program.

The executive officer of the Great Lakes Army Recruiting Battalion Major Stefan K. Wilson and Kevin Carson, a Navy veteran who is president of DENSO’s thermal manufacturing facility, planned to sign the PaYS agreement during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at DENSO’s location at 1 Denso Road in Battle Creek.

The agreement is effective immediately.

PaYS is a strategic partnership program between the Army and a cross-section of U.S. corporations and public sector agencies. The Army wants to assist DENSO in Battle Creek with bringing qualified candidates into manufacturing, a field that offers long-term career prospects to people of many backgrounds and skill sets.

The Army now has more than 616 partner corporations and public sector agencies across the nation, including local partners such as General Motors, Quicken Loans, Spectrum Health, Michigan State Police, Kalamazoo Public Safety and Aldevra.

Soldiers can apply to a variety of positions at DENSO in Battle Creek, including production, skilled trades and engineering roles, at densocareers.com/battlecreek.

DENSO offers:

  • Benefits including medical, dental, vision and a 401(k) matching plan
  • Bonus opportunities and guaranteed hours with scheduled overtime in environments designed to be safe and clean
  • Training on the latest manufacturing technologies and practices

DENSO

Based in Kariya, Japan, DENSO is a $44.6 billion global mobility manufacturer that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road.

DENSO’s 168,000-plus employees produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification and electronic systems at its 200 facilities.

The company spent 10% of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

In North America, DENSO is headquartered in Southfield and employs over 27,000 engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 51 sites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 17,700 employees across 41 sites in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

During the fiscal year that ended March 31, DENSO in North America generated $9.3 billion in consolidated sales.

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