Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA) plans to hire 877 more workers to add a third shift. The company plans to increase its capacity by approximately 20,000 units.
Job applications and pre-employment training will begin this summer. The hiring process will be coordinated by Alabama Industrial Development Training.
The company increased its U.S. sales by 15 percent in January-March, edging the overall market’s 14 percent gain, but its market share slipped to 4.7 percent from 5.1 percent as its stretched production capacity meant it couldn’t readily boost output.
The company also expects the additional production to create more jobs at companies that make parts for the two cars.
The Alabama factory built a record 338,000 Sonata sedans and Elantra compact cars last year, and plans to make at least 325,000 vehicles this year, Robert Burns, a spokesman for the plant, said today.
For nearly two years, the Alabama plant was operating two 10-hour shifts.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., is an independent manufacturing operation of Hyundai Motor Company, based in Seoul, Korea.