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MAZDA CITES CONTRIBUTION TO SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN ECONOMY

 MAZDA CITES CONTRIBUTION TO SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN ECONOMY
 FLAT ROCK, Mich., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released


today by Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corp.:
 During these times of heated -- and sometimes emotional -- debate, it is important to keep in mind the facts about Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corp. (MMUC).
 The company is the sixth largest employer in Wayne County with 3,500 employees, 3,000 of whom are represented by the United Auto Workers Union. Those jobs, and the spin-off economic benefits they provide, make up a critical portion of the Downriver economy.
 Mazda has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in its Flat Rock operations, and the company is continuing to invest there as it builds for the long term. And beginning with the new models this year, the cars Mazda builds at Flat Rock are expected to contain more than 75 percent domestic content under the CAFE formula.
 POINTS TO REMEMBER
 -- Mazda's Flat Rock plant is presently spending about $1 billion per year to make purchases from supply companies in the United States, many of which are located right here in Michigan. Among the many U.S. suppliers to MMUC are such firms as TRW, Kelsey Hayes, PPG, Lear Siegler, Bethlehem Steel and eight component divisions of the Ford Motor Company. By fiscal 1994 the plant's local purchases are expected to be at least $1.7 billion per year.
 -- The annual payroll for the 3,500 employees at Mazda's Flat Rock plant is close to $175 million. Those salaries and wages -- and the economic benefits they generate -- are being pumped right into the economy here in Southeast Michigan.
 -- Since its original $550 million investment in Flat Rock, Mazda has continued to invest heavily in the facility with millions of dollars going into a new R&D testing lab, a major shipping and distribution facility and a new office building to house Mazda Research and Development (MRA) and Mazda Systems Services (MSS). This year alone, Mazda will pay about $4.5 million in property taxes for the Flat Rock plant.
 -- Mazda is not dumping minivans in the U.S. While the United States Department of Commerce has made a preliminary finding against Mazda in the case, the numbers were far below those charged by the Big Three, and the investigation is still months from completion. We remain convinced that our position will be vindicated when the investigation is complete. In the meantime, the leveling of accusations based on half- truths and distorted facts is completely irresponsible.
 -- While Mazda has not received any funding from the State of Michigan for training purposes since 1988, the company continues to conduct numerous, high quality training programs to ensure the maintenance of a skilled, capable work force. The funding that Mazda did receive for training purposes in the early days of the plant's operation has been fully accounted for in detailed audit examinations conducted by State of Michigan auditors.
 -- The Mazda models built at Flat Rock, the 626 and MX-6, are no longer imported into the U.S. from Japan. Every one of those new cars sold in America is built by UAW workers at Flat Rock, and each car sold has a direct, positive impact on our local economy.
 The facts clearly show that Mazda is making a vitally important contribution to this community and its economy. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply untrue.
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 /CONTACT: Randy Boileau of Mazda Information Bureau, 313-393-3315/ CO: Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corp. ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU: ECO


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