Auto supplier Shinhwa investing $78 million in second Auburn factory

Auto supplier Shinhwa investing $78 million in second Auburn factory
Since opening in 2019, the Shinhwa plant in Auburn has steadily grown to meet the needs of the automotive industry in the U.S. The company supplies parts for the Hyundai plant in Montgomery and the Kia plant in West Point, Georgia. A planned second factory in Auburn will enable the company to meet future demands stemming from electric vehicle production. (contributed)

Shinhwa Auto USA Corp. plans to add a second auto parts manufacturing facility in Auburn as part of a $78 million growth project that will create 42 jobs over the next three years, Gov. Kay Ivey announced this morning.

Shinhwa will build the new 400,000-square-foot factory across from its existing location in Auburn Technology Park West to expand output of aluminum parts and meet future demands stemming from electric vehicle production.

“This is a great example of the constant innovation and advancements in manufacturing — particularly in the automotive sector — right here in Alabama,” Ivey said. “With this expansion, Shinhwa will have invested over $190 million and created more than 185 well-paying jobs since choosing Auburn as their first U.S. location.

“Congratulations to Shinhwa on another successful expansion,” she said.

This rendering shows Shinhwa Auto USA Corp.’s second auto parts manufacturing facility in Auburn, built as part of a $78 million growth project that will create 42 jobs. (Shinhwa)

Growth plans

Since starting its Auburn factory in 2019, Shinhwa has steadily grown to meet the needs of the automotive industry in the U.S., including vertically integrating elements of its supply chain and increasing capacity to support both electric and combustion engine vehicle manufacturing.

The Auburn facility supplies parts to Hyundai’s assembly plant in Montgomery and Kia’s plant in West Point, Georgia.

“This new facility will give us greater capacity for aluminum automotive parts, including both die casting and machining operations, allowing us to further diversify our customer base,” said Kwi Hyun Lee, founder and CEO of the Shinhwa Group.

“This increased capacity will give us the ability to provide greater support for the electric vehicle market here in the U.S.”

This is the second substantial expansion launched by Shinhwa since beginning operations in Auburn three years ago. In November 2021, the company announced the addition of high-pressure aluminum die casting and post-processing equipment.

“Alabama has become a key player in the evolving global automotive industry, and Shinhwa’s continued growth in Auburn illustrates how our industry is preparing for the future,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

“We look forward to working with the company to support its expansion plans and fully develop the growth potential of its Auburn manufacturing operation.”

Mayor Ron Anders said Shinhwa’s latest expansion will bolster Auburn’s advanced manufacturing sector.

“We’re thrilled to see the success and growth Shinhwa has experienced in a few short years here in Auburn,” Anders said.

“The company has been a great addition to our high-tech manufacturing base, and we look forward to seeing Shinhwa’s impact grow along with its footprint.”

This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.

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