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Hyundai Breaks Ground In Alabama

Hyundai Motor Company broke ground Tuesday at the Montgomery area site of its first U.S. automotive manufacturing plant.

Hyundai Automotive Group Chairman Mong Koo Chung, who traveled to Alabama from Seoul, South Korea, said he's happy to call Alabama home.

Chung announced the formation of a new subsidiary called Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC, which will be responsible for plant operations in the Montgomery area.

Hyundai officials also unveiled an artist's rendering of the two- million-square-foot facility, which will be built on a 1,620-acre site.

The plant will produce Sonata sedans and Santa Fe sport utility vehicles beginning in 2005. The site includes a manufacturing and assembly facility, a stamping plant and an engine plant.

Hyundai announced it chose Montgomery on April 1st. Alabama won the plant over several other southern states, including Mississippi.

The company will invest $1 billion in the new plant, which will employ 2,000 people and produce 300,000 vehicles annually.

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