Hyundai Motor Manufacturing AL
Hyundai Motors announced its $1.7 billion assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama in 2002 and commenced production in May, 2005. In 2012, Hyundai added a third shift and moved to round-the-clock production to keep up with demand for Elantra and Sonata sedans. By 2013, the plant employed approximately 3,000 workers, and was attracting additional investment of $500 million by suppliers (who were also expected to hire 5,500 workers) to supply the plant with components on a “just-in-time” basis.
From the beginning, Hyundai and its sister company Kia Motors, as well as their web of suppliers, have been loyal Pack Mule customers. They have deployed a wide range of Pack Mule vehicles, including the SC-775 stock chaser style burden carrier, the SCT-7750 stand-up tow tractor, and the BC-620 sit down burden carrier. All of these vehicles are employed in the transport of materials within the manufacturing environment. The newest addition to their Pack Mule fleet will be the industrial battery version of Pack Mule’s SCT-7750, which Pack Mule developed at the request of Kia to take advantage of the high frequency industrial battery chargers that Kia had installed primarily for opportunity charging of its fleet of lift trucks. Soon, Kia recognized that opportunity charging would allow for charging during breaks and thus be a great way to keep their fleets of electric tow tractors running 24/7 to meet the exploding demand.