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H.S. Automotive Breaks Ground in Enterprise

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

HS Automotive Alabama breaks ground on the second expansion of its facility in Enterprise.  Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) joined other dignitaries at the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday.  HSA makes weather stripping, tubing and automotive high- and low-pressure hoses for Hyundai, Kia, and Chrysler. HSAA in Enterprise was the first facility of Hwaseung Rubber & Automotive to be located in North America.

Gov. Bentley said, “HSAA knows what makes Alabama so successful in economic development: Alabama has the best employees in the world with a work ethic that is second-to-none.  We have a positive business climate, and that helps companies like HSAA expand and create more new jobs.”

The Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn said on Facebook, “HS Automotive Alabama Inc. is a true Alabama success story and serves as proof that our state continues to be a great place to do business. Our pro-business focus and successful efforts to reduce red tape make it possible for announcements like today, when a business has not only chosen to call Alabama home but can continue to expand their investment and create even more jobs for the people of our state. Proud to be a part of the groundbreaking ceremony in Enterprise today.”

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey said in a written statement, “I am proud to see another Alabama business add good-quality, high-paying new jobs to help put our people back to work,” Lieutenant

Governor Ivey said. “Alabama has made great strides, particularly in the last two years, to improve the economic climate so that businesses can develop and grow. HSAA is a solid economic partner, and I congratulate the company on 10 years of success.”

HSAA is investing $12 million in their Enterprise facility. The HSAA plant in Enterprise will add 100 new jobs for the greater Enterprise area. This is the second time that HSAA has expanded its Enterprise facilities. The company’s original facility was built in August of 2003 and expanded in 2006. 
This expansion includes a 65,000 square foot manufacturing plant in the second phase of the Yancey Parker Industrial Complex.

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The President of HSAA is Harry Kim. Since 2004, HSAA has seen its sales grow from just $4 million to $150 million in sales for 2013. The 100 new jobs will raise HSAA’s total to more than 270 employees in Enterprise. The HSAA plant in Enterprise was Hwaseung Rubber & Automotive’s first plant in North America.

Governor Bentley has made growing the Alabama private sector economy a stated priority of his administration.

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield (R) wrote on, “We will continue to recruit fine companies by following through with our economic development plan. We are striving to attract key companies in eleven targeted industry sectors and are clearly making progress as we meet with companies across the globe. Our project managers travel

Alabama’s highways to work with existing companies. Our small business manager does the same with small businesses. Our international trade director takes Alabama companies all over the world to help them find new markets for their products.”

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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