Since launching production in 2005, Hyundai’s Alabama assembly plant has become one of the nation’s busiest auto factories. In 2015, the Montgomery facility produced nearly 385,000 Sonata sedans and Elantra compacts, the automaker’s best-selling U.S. models. The Alabama plant also assembled nearly 683,000 engines in 2015, sharing some of them with Hyundai sister Kia’s factory about 80 miles to the east. The plant currently produces up to 395,000 cars annually, creating 75 units per hour, with an average output of 1,550 cars per day Monday through Friday.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, as the Montgomery facility is known, has also become an economic force. The South Korean automaker’s investment in Alabama has grown to $1.8 billion, including an additional $40 million investment to support growth in 2014 and an additional $52 million in 2016 to launch production of the Santa Fe Sport SUV. The assembly plant and its supplier network generated an estimated total impact on Alabama’s economy exceeding $4.8 billion in 2014, accounting for more than 12,600 direct jobs across the state. Its 40 Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers have invested more than $650 million in their Alabama facilities.
The 3.2 million-square-foot manufacturing plant stands on nearly 1,700 acres off Interstate 65 and includes a stamping facility, paint shop, vehicle assembly shop, a two-mile test track and two engine shops. Since the first dealer-ready Sonata was produced in May 2005, Hyundai has produced more than 3 million vehicles in Alabama.