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January 24, 2002

Hyundai Leaders Visit Alabama; Governor Won't Comment

The State of Ohio is already known for inventing the first traffic light, and even making the first automobile back in 1903, but could those historical notes steal Hyundai away from Alabama and several other states. Ohio Governor Bob Taft says Hyundai's President will tour potential sites for a new billion dollar plant today, and tomorrow (Friday). The Governor says Ohio's work force, location, infrastructure and experience in working with automakers makes it a top candidate.

Here are a few more tidbits about Hyundai. The Opelika-Auburn News reports this morning, that the company's president Dong-Jim Kim was in Opelika yesterday, looking over the potential site with U.S. Representative Bob Riley.

But here in Montgomery, the Alabama's Governor, the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and City and County officials would not confirm for WSFA if Hyundai officials were in this city yesterday. But an an anonymous state source tells the Associated Press that Governor Don Siegelman did meet with Hyundai leaders Tuesday night, and Wednesday - and toured potential sites for an assembly plant that would employ 2,000 people.

Click here for more coverage of this story from our NBC affiliate in Ohio.

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