PLYMOUTH, MI — Johnson Controls has announced it will open a new manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Ala., in order to build and supply vehicle interior products to Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama beginning in early 2005. The company has leased a 120,000-square-foot building, which will be redeveloped and refurbished this fall.
The plant is expected to employ approximately 70 people when it reaches full production next year.
When it launches production in March 2005, Johnson Controls will supply center floor consoles and a variety of interior trim components for next-generation Hyundai Sonata mid-sized sedans.
Hyundai began construction of a new, $1 billion automotive assembly and manufacturing plant in Montgomery in November 2002 to produce cars and trucks for the North American market. This will be the automaker’s first U.S. manufacturing plant. Production will begin in 2005 with an expected 300,000 vehicles to be produced annually when the plant reaches maximum capacity in 2007.
The new plant operated by Johnson Controls in Montgomery will represent the company’s first interior systems supply relationship with Hyundai in North America. The supplier manufactures seat systems, door panels, headliners and floor carpet for Hyundai vehicles in the Korean market.