Mazda expands its Walthall plant

Mazda have been refurbishing engines at its Walthall Plant for nearly three years. Now the Japanese company has added rebuilding automatic transmissions to its production line. The $2.3 million plant opened at the Walthall Industrial Park in 2008 with rebuilding engines only. Last week’s celebration at the plant was all about expansion.

Mazda has added 21 new jobs to the 41 full-time and 29 temporary workers. Mazda partners with Ford Motor Company on many of its cars including the Ford Explorer.

Local dignitaries lined up to give their congratulations.

“Nothing makes me happier than increasing job opportunity and enabling better lives for our community,” Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle.

Virginia State Delegate Riley Ingram added, “How pleased we are that you are here in Virginia and Chesterfield County,” he said.  “We are really in need of jobs in Virginia and we thank you.”

The company website states that name “derives from Ahura Mazda, a god of the earliest civilizations in West Asia...the god of wisdom, intelligence and harmony.”

Yasuo Kunita, VP of Customer Service Operations, Mazda North American Operations, emphasized the investment that Mazda was making in Chesterfield.

“When we came in Dec. 2008 we looked for space that would expand our business and serve our customers,” Kunita said. “We thank Chesterfield County for providing us with a highly qualified work-force.”

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