New Hyundai company taking shape in South Montgomery County

MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - It is a massive undertaking.

"That beam right there weighs 17,000 pounds," said Randy Silas, on-site job superintendent.

And that's just one beam.

One column weighs 68,000 pounds. The Hyundai Power Transformers plant is beginning to take shape in South Montgomery County. Hyundai Power is a subsidiary of Hyundai Heavy Industries.

For Randy Silas, this is the largest, the most challenging thing he's built in his 25-year career in construction. Silas is in charge of more than 100 construction workers, raising up a manufacturing plant worth $100 million.

"It takes a lot of teamwork, a lot of planning, a lot of organization," Silas said.

Hyundai Power will make huge electrical transformers you often see at electrical substations. They will weigh anywhere from 30 to 300 tons a piece, customers are primarily power companies.

K.S. Park is the on-site construction manager.

"We sell in North and South America and we deliver to Canada and San Francisco," said Park.

Industry analysts say the global market for electrical transformers will be more than $14 Billion by 2017.

Hyundai leaders say the construction is on schedule and on target to be completed by October.

That would make it a little more than a year from the groundbreaking last fall.

Park says Hyundai Power Transformers will start off with 100 employees and then power up to a few hundreds more.

"The 100 are training now in South Korea and eventually we intend to employ 400," said Park.

Back to Randy Silas, the hard hat on the job comes with the hard responsibility of making sure the entire project gets off the ground under budget.. no injuries and no excuses.

So far, so good.

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