Hyundai Motor Group Marks Milestone in Georgia with Governor Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp

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Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp, alongside executives from Hyundai Motor Company, gathered today to celebrate the significant impact of Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) on the State of Georgia. The event also provided updates on the progress of Metaplant America, a key initiative set to commence vehicle production in the fourth quarter of this year.

Governor Kemp expressed gratitude for Hyundai’s longstanding partnership with Georgia, highlighting the substantial benefits it brings to the state. “Hyundai is with us at the table, helping us recruit businesses, giving back to our communities, and working with our world-class colleges and universities to connect more Georgians with great opportunities,” said Governor Kemp. He declared February 26 as Hyundai Day throughout the state to commemorate the occasion.

José Muñoz, President and Global COO of Hyundai Motor Company, emphasized the company’s commitment to Georgia, stating, “Hyundai’s investments in Georgia will create tens of thousands of great paying American jobs and bring tens of billions of dollars in economic impact for decades to come.”

Since the announcement of the HMGMA project in May 2022, significant progress has been made, including partnerships with LG Energy Solution for battery component manufacture and the expansion of battery facilities. Moreover, Hyundai and SK On are establishing an EV battery manufacturing facility in Bartow County to supply Hyundai Motor Group’s U.S. plants. The planned investment in Georgia by Hyundai Motor Group now exceeds $12.6 billion, with the creation of 12,000 direct, long-term jobs.

The celebration at the State Capitol featured displays of Hyundai and Genesis electric vehicles, including models like the IONIQ 5 and GV60, alongside the hydrogen-powered XCIENT Fuel Cell Truck. A Resolution passed by the General Assembly commended Hyundai Motor Group’s dedication to Georgia.

The event drew bipartisan support, with Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones praising the collaborative efforts that led to Hyundai’s positive impact. “The commitment from all stakeholders to work together has enabled Hyundai’s positive impact and the creation of thousands of jobs,” said Lt. Governor Burt Jones.

Speaker of the House Jon Burns echoed these sentiments, highlighting the generational impact of Hyundai’s Metaplant on economic development and various sectors.

Preparations at the nearly 3,000-acre Metaplant site are well underway, with building exteriors completed and internal operations outfitting in progress. The site’s architecture integrates advanced technology with design features reflecting the Savannah area and Hyundai’s brand identity.

Recruitment efforts for “Meta Pros,” HMGMA’s full-time employees, are in full swing, with approximately 566 full-time employees already hired. Georgia Quick Start is constructing a training center at the Metaplant site, underscoring Georgia’s commitment to workforce development.

Partnerships with local technical colleges aim to prepare students for entry-level positions at the Metaplant, offering training programs tailored to the growing electric vehicle industry.

The collaboration between Hyundai Motor Company and Georgia Institute of Technology signifies a strategic partnership focusing on sustainable mobility research and workforce development.

Hyundai’s investment extends beyond manufacturing, with over $6 million directed towards local Georgia communities through philanthropic programs. The company emphasizes support for STEM education, affordable homeownership, and environmental stewardship.

With plans for carbon neutrality by 2045, Hyundai aims to power the Metaplant with 100 percent clean energy sources. A 41-acre park surrounding the plant will offer recreational amenities for employees, further enhancing the workplace environment.

As the Metaplant gears up for mass production, the collective efforts of Hyundai Motor Group and its partners promise to shape Georgia’s economic landscape for years to come.

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Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA) is Hyundai Motor Group’s first dedicated Electric Vehicle mass-production plant and is located in Bryan County, Georgia. The new plant will boast a highly connected, automated, and flexible manufacturing system, which organically connects all elements of the EV ecosystem to realize customer value. The Georgia facility will become an intelligent manufacturing plant. All processes of production – order collection, procurement, logistics and production – will be optimized utilizing AI and data. The innovative manufacturing system will also help create a human-centered work environment with robots assisting human workers.

About Hyundai Motor Group
Hyundai Motor Group is a global enterprise that has created a value chain based on mobility, steel, and construction, as well as logistics, finance, IT, and service. With about 250,000 employees worldwide, the Group’s mobility brands include Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis. Armed with creative thinking, cooperative communication, and the will to take on any challenges, we strive to create a better future for all. More information about Hyundai Motor Group, please see: www.hyundaimotorgroup.com.