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Mazda expands remanufacturing facility in Chesterfield, US

ABR Staff Writer Published 29 July 2011

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will invest $2.3m to add a new automatic transmission remanufacturing line at its rotary engine remanufacturing facility in Chesterfield County, Virginia, US.

The company expects that the new automatic transmission line will disassemble and rebuild up to 3,000 automatic transmissions for the Mazda3 and Mazada5 automobiles.

Currently the facility refurbishes a special rotary engine for its RX-8 sports car, among other engine parts and produced over 5,000 remanufactured engines last year.

The rotary engine remanufacturing facility was opened in 2008 and it includes a power steering pump line, a dealer training center and information call center.

The company currently employs 41 full-time employees and 29 temporary workers, with the latest investment it will add 21 full-time jobs to its engine re-manufacturing facility in Chesterfield.

Mazda vice president of customer service Yasuo Kunita said the company is thrilled with its location in Chesterfield County, it has enabled it to effectively serve its desired distribution area.

"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," Kunita said.