Hyundai to invest $150 million to expand its North American headquarters

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 16, 2010

Hyundai Motor Co. will be investing about $150 million to expand its North American headquarters in California. In the past decade, Hyundai’s sales in the US have more than doubled.

Hyundai plans to build a structure in Fountain Valley on the site of its current complex. According to a company statement, the number of employees that can be housed in this office can go up to about 1,400 from the current 700.

In a separate release, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also talked about the planned expansion. Schwarzenegger met with Hyundai Motor Chairman Chung Mong Koo in Seoul earlier this week, as part of an Asian tour.

According to the governor’s statement, California exports more goods to South Korea than any other US state, accounting for about a third of the total. In the past 15 years, Hyundai's US sales have gone up in all but two of those years. Last year, Hyundai sold 435,064 vehicles, a considerable increase from 164,190 in 1999.

President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, John Krafcik, announced that Hyundai’s US plant will retain its hub in Fountain Valley, Orange County for the foreseeable future. The company has invested in a new building and he commented that it gives the company flexibility as the brand continues to grow.

He also said that the plant is a reflection of its “modern design sensibility” as well as proves how committed it is to sustainability. Hyundai has seen unprecedented success and has become a global leader. It recently became the fifth largest automotive company in world.

It has developed a reputation for excellence and innovative ideas. Hyundai was first established in 1985 in California and remains there today.

The response of the Californian automobile market is a good indication of how the rest of the United States of America will view Hyundai. So Hyundai retains its headquarters in the Sunshine State and in doing so, it is helping to contribute to California’s economy.

Press Release

Hyundai to Build New Orange County, California Headquarters

In a meeting today with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hyundai Motor Company Chairman Mong-Koo Chung committed to build a new North American headquarters in Orange County – Hyundai's home since its arrival in the United States in 1985. The new building will be constructed on Hyundai's current Fountain Valley campus, securing the company's long-term future in California. Hyundai will invest about $150 million, the largest investment ever made by Hyundai Motor Company in the state. During the approximately two-year project, it is estimated that as many as 1,530 new construction jobs will be created with a $273 million total economic output, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

The new facility will double the size and occupant capacity of the current headquarters. Plans call for approximately half-a-million square feet in floor and garage space, growing considerably from today's current 220,000 square-foot structure. Capacity will grow to approximately 1,400 occupants, up from 700. Construction is expected to begin in mid 2011 and be completed by the end of 2012. Hyundai employees will work from temporary office space in Orange County during that time. In line with Hyundai's commitment to sustainability, all construction will be LEED certified.

"This investment ensures that Orange County will remain Hyundai's U.S. hub, with our headquarters in Fountain Valley, for the foreseeable future," said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "The new building will give us the flexibility to grow with our brand, reflect our modern design sensibility, and showcase our commitment to sustainability."

Hyundai Motor Company has grown to become the fifth largest automotive company in the world, taking the global leadership position thanks to its focus on quality and innovation. California in particular is a critical market for Hyundai and a barometer of success in the United States. Since its start in 1985, Hyundai has housed its U.S. Headquarters in California, contributing vastly to the state's economy. Currently, in California, the company:

Employs approximately 1,400 people
Invested $152 million in facility development
Oversees 63 franchised California dealers

Hyundai Facilities Across California

California City – Proving Grounds
Chino – Technical Center
Costa Mesa – Logistic Operations
Fountain Valley – Regional Sales Office
Fountain Valley – Hyundai Motor America, U.S. Headquarters
Huntington Beach – Innocean Worldwide Advertising
Irvine – Design and Technology Center
Irvine – Hyundai Capital
Ontario – Parts Distribution Center
Port Hueneme & Richmond – Port & Vehicle Processing


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through about 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.


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