Second global automotive supplier for Hyundai Metaplant, creating 1,500 jobs

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ATLANTA — November 23, 2022 — Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced today that Hyundai Mobis, one of the world’s largest auto parts suppliers, plans to invest $926 million in an electric vehicle (EV) plant in Bryan County that will eventually produce at least 1,000 employees will employ 1,500 people.

“When we broke ground on Hyundai’s new electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facility in Bryan County, we knew it would transform job creation and investment across our state.” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “As we announce the second supplier to be in the area in just two weeks, we’re excited to see its impact on the surrounding communities and the growing list of other job seekers to follow soon.”

The EV Power Electric system plant will expand Hyundai Mobis’ current presence in Georgia. Hyundai Mobis has been Kia Georgia’s largest Tier 1 supplier since 2009, operating a manufacturing facility in West Point employing nearly 1,200 people. The plant supplies automobile manufacturers with complete cockpit modules, chassis modules and bumper assemblies.

“Hyundai Mobis investment project in Bryan County reflects an acceleration in the development of electric vehicle supply chain in Georgia’s auto industry,” said HS Oh, Vice President of Hyundai Mobis Electric Powertrain Business Unit. “We will be a major manufacturing player in the EV market and that will trigger more growth within the sector. Mobis looks forward to providing quality work opportunities to the growing local workforce.”

Once full production is reached, the 1,200,000-square-foot facility will be able to ship over 900,000 EV Power Electric systems and 450,000 integrated charge controllers annually to Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA)’s Bryan County facility, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing, to supply Alabama (HMMA) plant in Montgomery and the Kia plant in Georgia. Construction of the new facility, located at the Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Certified Belfast Commerce Park in Richmond Hill, is slated to begin as early as January 2023, with production slated to begin in 2024.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Mobis to our community,” said Bryan County Development Agency Chairman Jon Seagraves. “Because of the close proximity of Belfast Commerce Park to available housing in nearby Heartwood, a strong public school system, motorway links and rail, we knew the property we bought about two years ago had the potential to be a special one put on project. With nearly $1 billion in investments and the creation of over 1,500 high-paying jobs, I would say that Mobis is very special. I am so grateful to Bryan County, the City of Richmond Hill and Raydient Places for their support and partnership on this project, without them this would not have been possible.”

Alyce Thornhill, director of project implementation and supplier strategy, represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Global Commerce team on this competitive project in partnership with the Bryan County Development Agency, the Port of Georgia Authority, Georgia Quick Start and Georgia Power.

“Suppliers that were part of Georgia’s automotive industry, like Hyundai Mobis, are moving to the jobs of the future and becoming part of the growing EV ecosystem in Georgia.” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “In May, we forecast that unaffiliated HMGMA suppliers would invest an additional $1 billion in Georgia in connection with the project. We’ve already surpassed that prediction in about two weeks. With the support of partners like Georgia Quick Start and our sister agencies, we look forward to preparing tomorrow’s workforce in Georgia for the jobs we are creating now. Congratulations to Bryan County, the City of Richmond Hill, the Georgia Ports Authority and Hyundai Mobis!”

Building on the assets that make the automotive industry thrive, Georgia is positioning itself as a hub for the electric mobility industry. Since 2020, more than 30 electric vehicle-related projects have contributed over $13.3 billion in investment and announced more than 18,100 jobs in Georgia. On October 25, Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America officially broke ground on its first fully dedicated electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facility in Bryan County. In addition to Hyundai’s direct contributions to the region, outside suppliers associated with the project are expected to invest approximately $1 billion at other locations in the state.