Montgomery's Hyundai plant is helping roll out even more economic development. One of Hyundai's tier one suppliers in Macon County is expanding, and that means a large number of jobs for the city of Shorter.
Land that use to grow cotton will soon be the foundation for an increase of jobs for Halla Climate Control Alabama in Shorter from 170 to about 300. Mayor Willie May Powell says, "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." And that is exactly what the people there are doing, because the increase of 120 more jobs is a lot for a town of about 500 people. Powell says, "It is not just for Shorter but it's for all of our citizens of Macon County and surrounding counties.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, but construction on the plant expansion has already begun. It is expected to be completed by the end of this year, and hiring will start in early 2008. Michael Allen is with Halla Climate Systems Alabama. He tells WSFA 12 News, "We want people that are willing to work and willing to learn and we will work with them to teach them."
Halla Climate Control Alabama makes air conditioners and dash boards for the Hyundai vehicles now. With the expansion, it will make radiators and condensers for Hyundai and later Kia. Those parts are currently being imported from Korea. The company expansion is expected to cost about 22-million dollars.