Hyundai Announces Major Investments In Alabama For New Engine Manufacturing

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) is receiving nearly $400 million from Hyundai to support new engine production. The monies will be used to construct a plant dedicated to engine head manufacturing, but also to enhance existing operations and support production of the new Sonata and Elantra.

HMMA, which opened in May 2005, is the River Region’s largest private manufacturer with 2,700 full-time and 500 part-time employees. With this latest investment, 50 new jobs are expected.

Upward Expansion

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey joined HMMA for the announcement.

“Hyundai is an important member of Alabama’s dynamic auto industry, and this expansion at its Montgomery manufacturing facility will power the global automaker’s drive for future growth in the U.S.,” she said. “Hyundai’s significant new investment is a strong testament to the company’s confidence in its Alabama operation and in its highly skilled workforce.”

“With our latest expansion, HMMA continues to show its strong commitment to the people of Montgomery and the people of Alabama,” added Hyundai President and CEO Dong Ryeol Choi. “Hyundai is continuing its track record of investing in new manufacturing technologies to ensure the long-term success of our Alabama assembly plant.”

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT. Photo: Hyundai Motor America.

Construction & Capacity

Officials say it will cost approximately $40 million to construct the 260,000-square-foot building that will house the head machining equipment. Construction is expected to be finished by November, with the facility operational by mid-2019.

“We are so very honored that Hyundai has once again chosen to significantly invest in Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama,” said Judge Charles Price, 2018 chairman of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. “As home to Hyundai’s only North American manufacturing facility, the Montgomery community pledges to continue our enormously successful 16 year partnership for this new expansion and beyond.”

HMMA produces engines for the Sonata, Elantra, and Santa Fe, with the capacity to produce 700,000 engines per year to support operations at both HMMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point, Georgia.

The Automoblog Staff contributed to this report and can be reached anytime.

Photos & Source: Hyundai Motor America.