Alabama Congressman Courts Hyundai

Congressman Bob Riley's trip to South Korea this weekend continues Alabama's courtship of Hyundai Motor Company. That's the Seoul-based firm with plans for an auto plant in the United States.

Riley spokesman Pepper Bryars says the congressman will respect the company's request to be discreet but will brief the press on the entire process once the company feels ready to disclose their interest in Alabama.

Riley, a Republican candidate for governor, left late Thursday and will return early next week. Another part of the trip is related to Riley's membership on the House Armed Services committee. Bryars also declined to reveal specifics of the military aspect of the trip.

Earlier press reports in Korea described Alabama as the leading contender for the one billion dollar plant that could generate two thousand jobs. The plant would make Santa Fe sports utility vehicles and Sonata models. Alabama sites in Opelika and Montgomery are believed to be in the running for the plant.