Those going were Joan Alexander, Martha Bumpious, Jimmy Busby, Jean Cooper, Barbara Culberson, Herbert Cunningham, Bibby Cunningham, Janice Drake, Ralph Drake, Dorothy Evans, Ted Hooks, Richard Flood, Bill Gunnells, Peggy Gunnells, Ray Harris, Rita Harris, Janice Hudson, Bev Hurd, Bett Ingram, Eddie Lee, Martha Lee, Barbara Marks, June Morris, Mary O’Mara, Nell Perciful, Norma Quattlebaum, Marcelle Battle, Joyce Simmons, Deana Stone, Greg Stone, Ramona Winn and Scarlett O’Steen.
The tour lasted about an hour and a half. The Pacesetters watched a briefing and video before boarding the tour trams. The tour guide drove them through the plant while describing the manufacturing process as it happens.
Hyundai Motor Company, Korea’s largest automotive manufacturer, announced it would construct a $1 billion automotive assembly and manufacturing plant in Montgomery on April 12, 2002. Then President George Bush, Gov. Bob Riley and other officials were on hand to cut a ribbon marking the grand opening.
The plant was the company’s first U. S. manufacturing facility and employs more than 3000 persons. More than 72 suppliers have located businesses throughout North American to support the plant. These suppliers created 5500 additional jobs with a combined capital investment of $500 million.
The 2 million square foot manufacturing plant sits on 1744 acres and includes a stamping facility, paint shop, vehicle assembly shop, a two-mile test track and two engine shops. In May 2005, the facility marked the official start of production with its first saleable 2006 Sonata. The plant currently assembles Sonata and Elantra sedans. It is capable of producing up to 399,500 vehicles per year at full capacity.
Hyundai’s founding chairman Chung Ju-Yung was born in North Korea in 1915, the eldest son of a poor peasant farming family. At the age of 18, he set off to Seoul with hopes of finding a better life.
The Hyundai Motor Co., was established in 1967 and has manufacturing bases in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia and Turkey, as well as the United States.