CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of new jobs are coming to Chicopee with the expansion of a manufacturing company’s production facility. The $12 million expansion will add about 100,000 square feet to U.S. Tsubaki’s facility on Lonczak Drive.
U.S. Tsubaki, a Japanese-owned company, makes automotive timing chains and other automotive parts. The company expects to hire at least 35 new workers to the current 335, both in manufacturing and engineering.
The expansion includes a new research and development lab in addition to more factory floor space. “This facility was originally set up for this type of an expansion so we’re fortunate there,” U.S. Tsubaki President Daniel Butterfield told 22News. “We’ll be breaking ground as soon as the weather permits and that will allow us to finish up, hopefully, in September or October.”
The city approved a ten year tax increment financing agreement with U.S. Tsubaki which was also awarded $525,000 investment tax credit by the Baker Administration. Chicopee beat out plants in New Mexico and Tennessee for this expansion.