MONTGOMERY, AL—Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama LLC has officially opened a $388 million cylinder head manufacturing plant, a project that spurred the creation of 50 jobs.

The facility is the third manufacturing plant at Hyundai campus to support production of more than 650,000 engines annually. It also will enhance operations to support the production of Sonata and Elantra sedans.

“Hyundai is continuing its track record of investing in new manufacturing technologies to ensure the long-term success of our U.S. assembly plant,” says Hyundai President and CEO Dong Ryeol Choi.

HMMA’s engine plants will now produce two all-new four-cylinder engines for the redesigned 2020 Sonata sedan: the Smartstream 2.5L gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine, and the Smartstream 1.6L turbo gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine.

The new, 260,000-square-foot building was constructed using advanced techniques, such as the inclusion of isolation pads for machining equipment that will lead to more precise machining.