I recently found myself in the market for a new car. After an exhaustive search, the technology, safety, and performance of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport won me over. During my research, I was surprised to learn that Hyundai manufactures the car in nearby Montgomery, Alabama and that they also give free tours of their facility. Getting an inside look at how my car was made seemed exciting to me and Pat. After an easy sign-up on their site, we anxiously awaited the day we would get to enter the chocolate factory with our golden ticket.
On the day of our tour, we arrived at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) early, as advised. We were guided to a large visitor center. The expansive room serves as part gallery, part showroom, with a small gift shop in the corner. One side of the room showed off all the different models Hyundai produces. The opposite side of the room featured museum-style displays detailing factory history and Hyundai facts. The center of the room contained two scale models of the factory: one showing the exterior of the plant, including all buildings; the other, an aerial view of the general assembly complete with lights indicating the path through the factory line. [Read more…]