A Korean based company with its American roots in Auburn is planning to expand.
Seohan Auto USA Corporation is in its planning stages of building a second facility creating initially 50 jobs and investing millions of dollars into the local economy.
"They will be in a manufacturing environment, but any kind of operation has those people work maybe doing the machinery as well as those who set up the machines and the managers and engineers. A full range of jobs will be provided as a result of their investment in Auburn," explains City of Auburn's Director of Economic Development, Phillip Dunlap.
Seohan has been located in Auburn since 2008 and currently employs about 240 people.
The company supplies front axles and rear carrier assemblies to several car manufacturers in the US including Hyundai and Kia.
Seohan's second plant will focus on machining metal components for the auto industry and will represent an additional capital investment of nearly $25 million in Auburn's economy.
"It's a very nice investment for us. Its value added manufacturing, more sophisticated manufacturing, and those jobs typically pay better," says Dunlap.
"The new facility is to be built in Auburn's technology Park West and is planned to be completed by the end of 2014."
In a statement, President of Seohan Auto US, Chang-Dug Moon, said,
"The expansion will allow us to serve our new customer Mitsubishi Motors. The success of our business is due in part to Auburn's strong workforce and the support of the City of Auburn and the State of Alabama."
"You create those jobs, it creates a positive effect throughout the economy. There's more disposable income in the economy and I think it's a good model that works very effectively," states Dunlap.
Citizens interested in applying for job opportunities with the company are encouraged to contact the HR Manager of Seohan Auto USA Corporation, Mrs. Aimee Sikes at firstname.lastname@example.org