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Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) Celebrates Ten Year Production Anniversary

2015.05.18 09:27:00 No. 4373
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) Celebrates Ten Year Production Anniversary

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) Celebrates

Ten Year Production Anniversary



- Grand opening of HMMA was on 20  May 2005
- HMMA produces Sonata and Elantra sedans sold in North America
- HMMA has built more than 2.9 million vehicles since 20 May 2005 and is capable
  of assembling 400,000 units per year
- Total investment of USD 1.8 billion made to-date
- Currently employing approximately 3,600, plus a further 6,000 in the extended
  supply chain


May 17, 2015 - Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) today kicked off a series of special events to celebrate 10 years of vehicle production, including an exclusive concert for team members, elected officials and community leaders.

At the concert, HMMA President and Chief Executive Officer Jun Ha Kim offered his perspective on reaching this significant point in the plant’s history, "Ten years of producing high-quality Hyundai vehicles is a great milestone, and a major accomplishment for both our team and our partners around the world who come together to build our products." Kim added, "This organization has come a long way - from never having built an automobile just 10 years ago, to now building more than 400,000 vehicles per year for the North American market.”

May 20, 2015, will officially mark the 10th year of production at the HMMA, and over that period the plant has produced over 2.9 million vehicles.

Choong Ho Kim, President of Hyundai Motor and Chief Executive Officer, also added his congratulation with, “Ten years ago, Hyundai Motor Company built the plant here in Alabama as part of its efforts to become America’s most beloved and respected brand among the citizens and customers in the world’s foremost automotive market. Since then, HMMA has developed into North America’s leading production plant in terms of productivity and quality.”

When Hyundai Motor chose to build its first U.S. assembly plant in Alabama in April 2002, the plan was for a $1.1 billion investment and the creation of 2,000 jobs. Today, the plant’s total investment has reached $1.8 billion and employment is approximately 3,600 people. The many businesses who joined Hyundai Motor in the River Region employ a further 6,000 people within the associated supply chain. All in all, Hyundai Motor’s presence in the area has directly or indirectly created more than 35,000 jobs in Alabama.

Hyundai Motor operates plants in US (HMMA), China (BHMC), India (HMI), Brazil (HMB), Russia (HMMR), Turkey (HAOS), Czech (HMMC) and Korea, with total global production close to five million units in 2014.

Production milestones

The Montgomery plant was commissioned on May 20, 2005, after a three-year construction period. When Hyundai Motor Company decided to construct the plant in 2002, it became the automaker’s first passenger vehicle plant in the United States. HMMA added production of the Santa Fe Crossover Utility Vehicle in 2006.

By November 2009, HMMA added a second engine plant to build the all-new Theta four-cylinder engine for the re-designed Sonata sedan. The plant also assembled its 1,000,000th vehicle in November 2009.

In November 2010, the assembly operation transitioned to an all-sedan production schedule, with the addition of Elantra sedan. During 2010, HMMA reached its original production capacity target of 300,000 vehicles per year.

In May 2011, the modification and expansion of HMMA original engine plant was completed to assemble the NU four-cylinder engine for the Elantra sedan. Two months later, HMMA built its 1,000,000th Sonata for the North American market.

In September 2012, HMMA added a third shift to meet the growing demand for Sonata and Elantra sedans and increased the plant’s operating capacity to 400,000 vehicles per year.

Awards and recognition

• In June 2009, HMMA was named Emerging Manufacturer of the Year by the Business Council of Alabama and Alabama Technology Network.
• Since 2009, HMMA has been recognized as having one of the most efficient stamping shops in North America by Oliver Wyman’s Harbour Report.
• Since 2011, HMMA engine and assembly shops have been recognized as one of the most efficient in North America by Oliver Wyman’s Harbour Report.
• In May 2011, Hyundai received Alabama Large Manufacturer of the Year by Business Council of Alabama and Alabama Technology Network.
• In January 2012, Alabama-built Elantra was named North American Car of the Year.
• In November 2014, HMMA was given top honors at Montgomery’s Business in the Arts Awards, receiving the Frank Plummer Memorial Arts Award – the annual event’s lifetime achievement award for supporting the arts within the local community.
• Since 2002, Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and its Team Members have given more than $8.5 million back to the community through donations and sponsorship of worthwhile causes in Montgomery and the River Region.


About Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA), headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., is an independent manufacturing operation of Hyundai Motor Company, based in Seoul, South Korea.  HMMA currently produces the 2015 Sonata sedan, and 2016 Elantra sedan vehicle.  HMMA can produce 400,000 vehicles annually.  Hyundai cars and sport utility vehicles are distributed throughout North America, Canada, United States and Puerto Rico.  In the United States, Hyundai vehicle sales are managed by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced nearly 800 Hyundai dealerships nationwide.

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About Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company, which leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars, offers top-quality best-sellers such as Elantra, Sonata and Genesis. Hyundai Motor has seven manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers outside of South Korea and in 2013, sold 4.73 million vehicles globally. With almost 100,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell. 

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