MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Work is on track for the new Hyundai engine head machining plant along with other additions to enhance existing operations. Hyundai is investing $388 million on the expansion.
“We are really excited about the progress and it is looking really good," said Robert Burns, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama.
It cost about $40 million to construct the 260,000-square-foot building that will house the head machining equipment.
“The head machining operation will be able to support 700,000 engines per year, again supporting our Sonata and Sante Fe production between ourselves and the KIA plant," said Burns.
The facility is on track to be operational by May. Aluminum heads for both Theta III (Sonata/Santa Fe) and Nu (Elantra) engines are produced.
“That next generation engine is going to have better fuel efficiency, lighter, and that will certainly translate into a more efficient car.," said Burns.
An existing engine shop has been completely updated with brand new equipment to support this production.
“It will be dedicated to machining crank shafts, blocks, and assembling all of those components to be transferred to our assembly operations for the Sonata and Santa Fe," said Burns.
This expansion as a whole is monumental for HMMA.
“Since 2005 we have had $1.8 billion in investment, but this new project is the largest single investment with $388 million," said Burns. “This project is critical for the long term success of HMMA. It just shows Hyundai believes in our facility and the future of the brand in the North American market place."
The investment created 50 new jobs. Those position have already been filled. HMMA currently employs more than 2,700 full time employees and 500 part time employees.