Comments made by the Counselor General for the Republic of Korea, Jung Pyo Cho at Tuesday's ceremony for the new Hyundai plant.
"Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Good morning. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share my thoughts on this wonderful occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony for Hyundai's first U. S. manufacturing plant.
It is a great honor and pleasure for me to make remarks on this special event marking the arrival of the Hyundai Motor Company to the great city of Montgomery. On behalf of the Korean government, let me present my compliments and congratulations to all of you whose industrious efforts made this event come true.
And on a personal level, I am truly delighted to have the great company of Hyundai close by, within my region of coverage. I will take this opportunity to point out that the government of Alabama and the people of Montgomery have made a tremendous accomplishment. You have created a spirit of development here that is seen as a model for economic cooperation and friendship between Korea and the state of Alabama.
I also know that the spirt of southern hospitality that resides here will serve to inspire great success for that relationship. The presence of Hyundai here begins here a spirit of mutual economic cooperation, but will go on to play a key role in ordering the employment and development of this community.
I'm sure that Hyundai will flourish ... in Alabama and spur on its vibrant economic future. In doing so, Hyundai's new affiliation with Alabama will be a supreme example of economic partnership between Korea and the United States at its best.
I hope that Hyundai Motor Company will serve as one of the finest models of corporate migration from Korea to the rest of the glove. As Counselor General, representing the Republic of Korea, I hope to see this project continue to progress and serve as a bridge of friendship between Korea and Alabama and the southeast United States as a whole.