Hyundai shifting SUV production to Kia plant

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 1, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyundai Motor America says the automaker will shift manufacturing of its Santa Fe SUV beginning this fall from its plant in Alabama to one in Georgia run by Kia Motor Manufacturing.

Hyundai spokesman Chris Hosford said Tuesday the move boost production capacity at the company’s Montgomery plant to build its popular Sonata.

It will add about 700 employees at Kia’s West Point, Ga. plant, bringing the total to 1,900. Suppliers and other support companies in the area are also expected to add jobs.