Alabama’s automotive industry is buzzing this week about a $5 million expansion announced by Seoyon E-Hwa Interior Systems, a Tier 1 supplier to the Hyundai assembly plant in Montgomery.
Seoyon E-Hwa, which employs 436 at its plant in Selma, plans to add 60 jobs. That will make it one of Dallas County’s biggest employers.
“We’re excited that they’re here, and we’re excited that they’ve grown from 125 jobs in 2005 to currently 436,” Wayne Vardaman, executive director of the Selma & Dallas County Economic Development Authority, told the Alabama Department of Commerce.
Work on the expansion is likely to begin next month and potentially be finished by the end of September, Vardaman said.
Seoyon E-Hwa, based in South Korea, makes molded plastic interior trim parts at its operation in Selma’s Craig Industrial Park. The Selma facility serves Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, but the supplier has plants around the world that make parts for Kia, Volkswagen, Ford and Nissan
The formal announcement of Seoyon E-Hwa’s expansion project was made at an event at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library.