• Sep 15th 2010 at 1:33PM
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Hyundai has announced plans to build a new North American headquarters in Orange County, California. The $150 million project will take nearly two years, create a projected 1,530 new construction jobs and generate a total economic impact of around $273 million. At least that's what the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation is hoping.

The Korean automaker is planning to start construction at its Fountain Valley Campus by mid 2011. The new facility will boast 500,000 square feet of both floor and garage space, effectively doubling the capacity of the current headquarters. Hyundai says that the building will be able to house a total of 1,400 employees – doubling the company's current workspace.

Hyundai has called Orange County home since it landed in America in 1985, and the company says that its new building underscores its commitment to the greater Los Angeles area. Hit the jump for the full press release.

[Source: Hyundai]

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Hyundai to Build New Orange County, California Headquarters

Hyundai Motor Company Chairman Chung Meets with Gov. Schwarzenegger, Commits to Investing Some $150 Million in New Building and Growing Employment in California

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In a meeting today with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hyundai Motor Company Chairman Mong-Koo Chung committed to build a new North American headquarters in Orange County - Hyundai's home since its arrival in the United States in 1985. The new building will be constructed on Hyundai's current Fountain Valley campus, securing the company's long-term future in California. Hyundai will invest about $150 million, the largest investment ever made by Hyundai Motor Company in the state. During the approximately two-year project, it is estimated that as many as 1,530 new construction jobs will be created with a $273 million total economic output, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

The new facility will double the size and occupant capacity of the current headquarters. Plans call for approximately half-a-million square feet in floor and garage space, growing considerably from today's current 220,000 square-foot structure. Capacity will grow to approximately 1,400 occupants, up from 700. Construction is expected to begin in mid 2011 and be completed by the end of 2012. Hyundai employees will work from temporary office space in Orange County during that time. In line with Hyundai's commitment to sustainability, all construction will be LEED certified.

"This investment ensures that Orange County will remain Hyundai's U.S. hub, with our headquarters in Fountain Valley, for the foreseeable future," said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "The new building will give us the flexibility to grow with our brand, reflect our modern design sensibility, and showcase our commitment to sustainability."
Hyundai Motor Company has grown to become the fifth largest automotive company in the world, taking the global leadership position thanks to its focus on quality and innovation. California in particular is a critical market for Hyundai and a barometer of success in the United States. Since its start in 1985, Hyundai has housed its U.S. Headquarters in California, contributing vastly to the state's economy. Currently, in California, the company:
-- Employs approximately 1,400 people
-- Invested $152 million in facility development
-- Oversees 63 franchised California dealers

Hyundai Facilities Across California
-- California City - Proving Grounds
-- Chino - Technical Center
-- Costa Mesa - Logistic Operations
-- Fountain Valley - Regional Sales Office
-- Fountain Valley - Hyundai Motor America, U.S. Headquarters
-- Huntington Beach - Innocean Worldwide Advertising
-- Irvine - Design and Technology Center
-- Irvine - Hyundai Capital
-- Ontario - Parts Distribution Center
-- Port Hueneme & Richmond - Port & Vehicle Processing

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well that's exciting. They have a lot to do to match Kia's center 5 minutes south.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Try more like 10 miles and it's east.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Kia facility is gorgeous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because they ARE two seperate companies. Yes Hyundai owns a controlling stake in Kia, and they hare some parts and platforms; but at the end of the day they stay out of eachothers business and go their own way.

        Kia is not a "division" of Hyundai.

        • 4 Years Ago
        It seems strange the 2 would have separate US HQs. It'd be like Lincoln and Ford having separate HQs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Michael Schlutz
      • 1 Year Ago
      remarkable design. who is the architect?
      • 4 Years Ago
      the site is in ORANGE County. Not L.A. County
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ bigL... yeah, we know this... we read.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drive past there everyday. it's next to my favorite store in the whole world, Fry's Electronics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't the relocate to Washington DC/Northern VA so I can go work for them?

      I can dream, can't I?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I work literally two minutes away from their HQ (I work in Sterling), but I have no desire to work for VW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You've got VW - go work for them!
        • 4 Years Ago
        than 7% unemployment and the highest yearly salaries in the nation. ;) (lived in DC way back, now near O.C.).

        Cali needs some job love. Good call for Hyundai.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And they aren't asking for hundreds of millions of dollars in tax right-offs from the city and state to keep their HQ there???

      I am shocked.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for Hyundai. I've said many times that, from the outside at least, their current HQ is one of the most embarrassing corporate HQ's I've ever seen -- for ANY decent-sized company. It looks like the building from Office Space, with a 1980s corporate vibe to it. From the freeway, you can see that they have their various models on display on the main floor, but the low ceilings make it look like a second-rate scuzzy dealership.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its a sales and marketing HQ. How fancy do you need it to be?

        Their design center, R&D center and testing facilities should receive more flair.

        Sales and marketing? Who cares?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know where that is. I work about 4 miles from there. Hyundai should reconsider, though. Being that close to a Fry's makes your company have bad customer service by osmosis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I interned at Hyundai some years back and the building is in pretty serious need of a rebuild. The second floor that I worked on was already an add on since the building was originally a lightbulb factory. After I left they acquired the buildings next door too so I'm guessing the renovation will more or less merge everything together.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can see my house on that map! Ok not really, but 6 miles away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation are estimating #'s for an Orange County project?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, LA likes to think they're the big brother to OC and they'd like to steal OC's allowance. OC knows that they're, economically anyway, leaps and bounds beyond LA, and LA is a train wreck.... There's a political statement here somewhere...
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