The latest expansion shows HMMA’s strong commitment to Alabama, Hyundai Chairman and CEO Dong Ryeol Choi said when announcing the project last year.
“Hyundai continues its track record of investing in new manufacturing technologies to ensure the long-term success of our assembly plant in the United States,” he said.
HMMA’s engine plants will now produce two all-new 4-cylinder engines for the redesigned 2020 Sonata sedan: the Smartstream 2.5L Gasoline Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine and the Smartstream 1.6L Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine.
These engines, which will provide Hyundai customers with world-class fuel efficiency and reliability, will be built using improved technology for high-precision machining and manufacturing.
The new 260,000 square foot building was constructed using advanced techniques, such as the inclusion of isolation pads for machining equipment that will lead to more precise machining. The construction project required more than 7,000 cubic meters of concrete and the relocation of 150 earth football pitches.
“Hyundai’s investment to prepare the Montgomery plant for next-generation engines underscores the strength of the alliance we have formed with the automaker and sets the stage for continued growth in this mutually beneficial relationship,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. .
ADVANCING A PARTNERSHIP
Area leaders spoke of the strong partnership between Hyundai and the Montgomery community.
“When Hyundai wins, Montgomery wins. We are very proud of Hyundai’s track record of success and remain steadfast in our continued support of HMMA,” said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.
“Their success reverberates through all facets of our community in a very positive way.”
Willie Durham, president of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, called the expansion a testament to Hyundai’s ability to deliver next-generation products and services.
“This new project signifies continued investment in Montgomery’s skilled technical workforce and the Montgomery-Hyundai partnership. These advanced manufacturing job opportunities will create a diverse talent pool and attract and retain a skilled workforce. »
Hyundai also produces the Santa Fe SUV at its Montgomery plant, which opened in May 2005.
It is the largest privately held manufacturer in the Montgomery area with 2,700 full-time and 500 part-time employees.
As we cut the ribbon on the new @Hyundai today we celebrate even more than a $388 million investment. We celebrate 50 more Alabamians earning wages and the fact that we have a thriving auto industry. #MadeinAL pic.twitter.com/GQJvwnj6Wf
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) May 15, 2019