Hyundai Motor Metaplant project breaks ground in Georgia

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The groundbreaking of a $5.5 billion Hyundai Motor Metaplant took place recently in Bryan County, Georgia. Governor Brian Kemp, and several local leaders, joined the developer, Hyundai Motors to mark the start of the construction phase. According to Anna Chafin, the County’s Development Authority CEO, the project will be developed at the Bryan County Mega-Site.

Chafin said the Mega-Site has been in works for eight years, but things moved quickly once Hyundai Motor got involved. She was impressed with the progress made so far and mentioned that most of the site has already been cleared. The automaker announced the Hyundai Motor Metaplant in May and it’s only taken a few months to break ground on it.

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Development plans for the Hyundai Motor Metaplant

The new Hyundai Motor Metaplant has been designed as a smart factory, which will manufacture about 300,000 vehicles annually. A  variety of innovative Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia electric vehicles will be produced at the plant, including a battery manufacturing facility. Construction is scheduled to reach completion in 2025, while commercial production will begin by the first half of that year.

José Muñoz, Hyundai’s  COO,  said the company responded to the administration’s clarion call to hasten the adoption of new EVs. The South Korean automaker expects the project to create about 8,100 jobs in Bryan County. This will be the first fully dedicated facility for EV manufacturing in the state, which will also reduce carbon emissions.

Governor Kemp praised the Hyundai Motor Metaplant project due to the job creation opportunities for Georgian residents. Especially since the state has had the lowest unemployment rate among other states in recent times. He said the state has never witnessed this much job creation and investment in a single year.

Kemp mentioned that the state’s partnership with Hyundai represents a  long-term commitment to improving lives and livelihoods. Therefore, the Governor said he is anticipating the impact of the  Hyundai Motor Metaplant on both the community and the state.