Mazda celebrates grand opening of expanded operation in Chesterfield County
- July 28, 2011
Local and state politicians and officials from Mazda North American Operations gathered in Chesterfield County Thursday for the grand opening of Mazda’s automatic transmission remanufacturing line at its engine remanufacturing facility. The company spent $2.3 million and added 21 full time jobs to its exiting operation on Ruffin Mill Road.
“With the quality workforce in Chesterfield, the facility’s central east coast location and the continued support and assistance of Chesterfield Economic Development, we have been able to deliver quality service to our customers efficiently and cost effectively. We look forward to doing the same with our transmission line,” Mazda’s Vice President of Customer Service and Parts, Yasuo Kunita, said in a statement.
With the expansion, the company employs 41 full-time and 29 temporary employees at the facility, its only remanufacturing site in North America.
The automatic transmission line will disassemble and remanufacture Mazda automatic transmissions for the MAZDA3 and MAZDA5. Projected volume is 3,000 units per year.
Mazda leases 133,000 square feet of space from Weingarten Realty at the Enterchange @ Walthall. The building is located in the Walthall Enterprise Zone.
In addition to assistance from the Chesterfield Department of Economic Development; Mazda will receive assistance for the expansion from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program and the State Enterprise Zone Program.