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Hyundai may move Santa Fe production to Georgia

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Hyundai auto supplier Jay Mid-South says the Korean automaker is planning to move production from Montgomery to Georgia, triggering layoffs at the Gadsden company.

Jay Mid-South division manager Brent Taylor tells the Birmingham News in a Tuesday story that production of the Santa Fe will be done at the new Kia plant just across the Alabama state line.

Hyundai officials in Alabama have not confirmed the move. Jay Mid-South outlined the shift last week when it notified the state of Alabama about the impending layoffs.

The supplier employs about 135 people in Gadsden and makes seat frames for the Santa Fe and the Sonata sedan, both built by Hyundai in Montgomery.

It expects to temporarily lay off 75 workers in the wake of the Hyundai move. Taylor said the estimated start date for the layoffs is July 1. 

HYUNDAI RELEASES FEBRUARY SALES NUMBERS

Hyundai Motor America announced Tuesday that February sales were up 11 percent versus February 2009 with 34,004 units sold, and the same amount over January of this year. The car company said this marks the fourteenth consecutive month of year-over-year retail market share gains for Hyundai and its best retail share performance since the government's "Cash-for-Clunkers" program in August 2009.

"Even though February is the shortest month of the year, the list of highlights for Hyundai is long," said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America's vice president of national sales.  "Our sales gains in February were driven by strong consumer response to new products like the Tucson, which was up 102 percent, and the all-new U.S.-built Sonata, which was just launched this month and has already driven a 58 percent sales increase. For the Hyundai brand as a whole, consumer retail sales were up 21 percent while incentive spending was down more than 30 percent. We're excited about the momentum we're carrying into March."

Here's a list of all Hyundai's sales figures for the month:

                     

CARLINE

FEB/2010

FEB/2009

CY/2010

CY/2009

ACCENT      

5,308

4,334

11,055

7,894

SONATA

7,506

4,743

12,812

13,251

ELANTRA   

7,966

8,978

15,656

12,285

TIBURON

0

629

0

1,019

SANTA FE

7,964

5,223

15,168

10,247

AZERA

204

322

473

616

TUCSON

2,741

1,358

4,957

2,332

ENTOURAGE

0

2,490

0

2,712

VERACRUZ

553

1,281

954

2,458

GENESIS

1,762

1,263

3,432

2,319

TOTAL

34,004

30,621

64,507

55,133

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. WSFA 12 News contributed to this report. All Rights Reserved.)

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