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Hyundai Counts on Alabama Plant

Breaking bottlenecks is critical as the new 2015 Sonata rolls out.

by on Jun.30, 2014

The body of a new 2015 Hyundai Sonata rolls down the assembly line at the Alabama plant.

Hyundai has begun delivering the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata to dealers across America from its bustling assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama, a factory stretched well beyond its rated capacity as the Korean carmaker struggles to keep up with consumer demand.

The Montgomery plant, which has 3,000 employees, now operates on three shifts five days per week and last year built a total of 398,000 vehicles – nearly 100,000 more than what it was built to handle when it opened a decade ago.

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Dave Zuchowski, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, noted the ability of the Montgomery plant to expand production beyond the rated capacity has been critical to Hyundai’s ability to meet customer demand in recent years.

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Short of Inventory, Hyundai Adds 3rd U.S. Shift

Move creating 877 American jobs.

by on May.01, 2012

The new 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe with the already wildly popular Elantra sedan.

The good news: American motorists are clamoring for Hyundai products. The bad news: the Korean maker doesn’t have enough to go around, so it is adding a third shift to its Alabama assembly plant in a move that should squeeze out another 20,000 vehicles annually.

It will also add another 877 jobs at the Montgomery facility, one of two assembly lines Korean manufacturers operate in the United States.  And Hyundai joins an array of other automakers, domestic and international, who have been adding thousands of jobs in recent months as the U.S. new car market continues a stronger than anticipated recovery.

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Manufacturers are expected to report sales later today that, on an annualized basis would reach at least 14.5 million, more than 1.5 million more than in 2011 if that pace were to be sustained.  Koreans Hyundai and Kia have been posting some of the biggest gains of any makers; Hyundai set an all-time record last month, but it has been running into serious capacity problems this year.

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