50 jobs expected

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Diane Bass works in SaeHaeSung’s stamping operation in Andalusia. The company is expected to add 50 jobs as a result of Hyundai’s addition of a third shift at its plant near Montgomery.

Hyundai’s announcement of a third shift at its Montgomery plant will mean at least 50 new jobs at SaeHaeSung Alabama, a Hyundai supplier located in the Andalusia Industrial Park, officials said Tuesday.

Robert Burns, spokesperson for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and SaeHaeSung general manager Jin Heo said the additional hiring in Montgomery will produce a trickle effect in throughout the state.

“It is likely that the tier suppliers will add jobs as well as this goes on,” Burns said.

On Monday, Hyundai announced it would add a third shift, which will mean an increase of 877 jobs.

By adding a third eight-hour shift and converting to a 24-hour-a-day, Monday through Friday production, the Hyundai plant will be able to create 20,000 more Sonatas and Elantras in 2012.

That means the demand for things such as door panels, sunroofs and the other car parts manufactured and assembled locally and across the state by suppliers will increase.

“And that is why we will have to hire more here,” Heo said. She said the addition to the current 200-member staff would take place over the next few months, and there will be opportunities for welders, assemblers and general laborers.

Those interested in applying for a job at SaeHaeSung should visit the plant, located in the Andalusia Industrial Park on Progress Drive, off Sutton Road.