Zoom Zoom! That’s the sound that soon will be heard at the Port of Baltimore when Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) arrives in September. Mazda becomes the Port of Baltimore newest auto customer after agreeing to a five-year contract with auto processor Amports that will bring approximately 65,000 vehicles a year to Maryland from its assembly plants in Japan. The vehicles will be handled at the Amports-owned Chesapeake Auto Terminal. The addition of Mazda will help to create 450 new jobs, including 160 direct jobs.
“We are very happy to welcome Mazda to the Port of Baltimore,” said Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, Jr. “As the number one auto port in the nation, the Port of Baltimore is also one of our state’s leading economic generators. Thousands of good-paying, family-supporting jobs are created by our very active and busy Port. As Maryland’s economy continues to grow, the Port of Baltimore is again demonstrating why it is a leader in our state for bringing in new business and jobs.”
Mazda vehicles expected to come through the Port of Baltimore include the MX-5 Miata, Mazda 2, Mazda 6, and its CX-5 and CX-9 SUV line.
“Mazda is honored to call the Port of Baltimore its new home for all of its vehicle imports in the Northeast,” said Robert Davis, senior vice president U.S. Operations, MNAO. “The decision for Mazda to move ports makes sense for our business and we look forward to growing this relationship.”
The Maryland congressional delegation is responsible for the Port of Baltimore receiving federal dredging dollars that keeps the channels leading to the Port wide and deep enough to accommodate today’s large commercial vessels. Without accommodating channels, these vessels would not be able to safely reach the Port of Baltimore and would instead take that business and the family-supporting jobs that come with it to competing ports. From dredging dollars to security funding, thanks to Team Maryland, the Port of Baltimore continues to be a great economic engine for the State of Maryland and a success story that serves as a model for many U.S. ports.
“More cars from Japan and around the globe mean more jobs for Marylanders. The Port of Baltimore is a bell weather for our nation’s economic health and its booming business is strong evidence of the growing strength of our nation’s manufacturing base and the resilience of our economy,” said Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs. “I am proud that the federal government has been a partner with the State of Maryland in making the types of investments that have helped the strong leadership at the Port of Baltimore keep us on the leading edge of international commerce.”