The Hyundai and Georgia Port Authority celebrates the delivery of the Metaplant

The first shipment of equipment for Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA) arrived at the Port of Savannah on Monday.

HMGMA and the Georgia Ports Authority hosted a ceremony to commemorate another significant step toward the greatest economic development in the state’s history. The delivery included a crane for the punching system. Carter Infinger, Bryan County commissioner and chairman of the Savannah Joint Development Authority, called it a great day and said the facility will bring a “generational change” to the community.

“This is a big milestone not only for Hyundai, but also for the JDA,” said Infinger. “Look at the facility today. We have buildings that rise out of the ground. I can’t thank Hyundai enough for coming to our area. “There will be a lot of opportunities for jobs.” In May 2022, Hyundai Motor Company announced that it would invest $5.5 billion in an electric vehicle battery and production facility in Bryan County. According to Infinger, HMGMA is still on track to open in 2025.

Oscar Kwon, President and CEO of HMGMA, presents a model of an electric car to Kent Fountain, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority, during a special ceremony marking the arrival of the first shipment of equipment for the Hyundai Metaplant on Monday, August 14, 2023 in the Georgia ports.

Oscar Kwon, CEO and President of HMGMA, was present at the celebration and spoke about how monumental the metaplant is.

“I have been working on this project since the beginning of last year,” said Kwon, “and I am very grateful to see the progress at the Metaplant site.” We are making steady progress. We look forward to sharing important milestones in the future.”Latrice Williams is a general assignment reporter covering Bryan and Effingham County. She can be reached at lwilliams6@gannett.com.