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Hyundai's Montgomery Plant Reaches Milestone

Mon, 11/30/2009 - 3:53am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A white Sonata getting the finishing touches at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama is the 1 millionth vehicle produced at the plant.

The vehicle was at the center of attention from plant officials and the company's supply chain as it headed for completion on Monday.

The first Montgomery-made Sonata in March 2005 and the plant's first Santa Fe the next year received signatures from plant workers and have been kept as museum pieces.

Plant spokesman Robert Burns says car No. 1 million is likely to end up in a rental fleet. Rental car companies have been stocking up on 2010 Sonatas, and the bulk of the production is going to fleets.

Those who helped recruit Hyundai to Alabamae say the milestone vehicle validates their efforts.

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