April 2, 2002
Location Announcement
April 16, 2002
Groundbreaking Ceremony
November 2002
Start of Construction
February 19, 2003
First Steel Beams Erected
February 23, 2003
Production and Maintenance Advertisement
Fall 2003
First Production and Maintenance Hires
January 5, 2004
Production Team Members Start Work
January 5, 2004
HMMA 2004 Kick-Off Event
January 2004
Some Maintenance and Production Team Members Go to Korea for Training
February 5, 2004
The first of HMMA’s two 5,400 ton stamping presses departs from Tokyo, Japan
March 9, 2004
The stamping press arrives at Alabama State Port Authority’s Pier D-2 in Mobile. The 268,520 pound crown and 262,171 stamping bed of the press are transported via barge up the Alabama River. The remaining parts are loaded onto more than 80 trucks for transport to the HMMA Plant Site
March 15, 2004
Crown and stamping bed of the press arrive in Burkeville via the Alabama River and are loaded onto dual lane trucks for transport to the HMMA Plant Site
June 2004
Completion of Facility, Part-Time Trials Begin
July 2004
Trial Production of the Next-Generation Sonata Begins
Ribbon Cutting Group
May 20, 2005
Grand Opening Ceremony
Spring 2005
Job 1 Vehicle Production Begins
Santa Fe Rolling Down Red Carpet
April 18, 2006
Production of the Next-Generation Santa Fe Begins
Plant approaches full capacity producing approximately 1,200 vehicles per day.May 2007
Breaks ground on new 4-cylinder Theta engine plant.September 2008
Theta engine plant begins producing 4-cylinder engines.November 2009
HMMA produces its 1,000,000th vehicle.

November 2010
Elantra Production Begins; Santa Fe moves to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

December 2010
Plant achieves full capacity in on calender year – 300,000 units

March 2011
Plant achieves record production for a single month – 31,730 vehicles




May 2011
Plant named Alabama’s Large Manufacturer of the Year





May 2011
Plant announces plans to expand engine production by 300,000 units beginning in March 2012





July 29, 2011
HMMA builds its 1,000,000th Sonata sedan