Adding "bells & whistles" to new cars equals 150 direct new jobs in Shreveport area

Courtesy :MGN Online

SHREVEPORT, La. (Gov. Office & Glovis) - President and CEO of Hyundai GLOVIS, Glenn Clift, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Caddo Commission, City of Shreveport and North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) announced Wednesday the opening of a state-of-the-art vehicle logistics and processing center at the former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The facility will outfit imported vehicles with equipment and exterior upgrades, as requested by local dealers. The project will create 150 new direct jobs in Caddo Parish with an average salary of $31,760 plus benefits. Additionally, 246 indirect jobs will also be created, culminating in a total of 396 new jobs.

“Shreveport has been chosen after a long search and due diligence process to replace GLOVIS' long-term facility in Texas,” said Glenn Clift, President & CEO, Hyundai GLOVIS. “A combination of existing infrastructure, strong labor force and competitive inbound/outbound rail and outbound trucking costs allowed Shreveport to beat the competition. We anticipate this facility will have a rapid ramp-up over the next few months and will handle over 75,000 new vehicles annually.”

GLOVIS America signed a long-term lease agreement for 125,000 square feet and more than 90 adjoining acres at the former General Motors facility. GLOVIS America is a third-party, finished-vehicle logistics company for Kia Motor America and Hyundai Motor America, and a subsidiary of Hyundai GLOVIS Co., which is part of the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group. GLOVIS America will provide logistical staging, quality inspection and accessorizing for 75,000 Kia vehicles annually. The facility will also serve as Kia’s distribution hub for the central and western U.S. The first vehicles arrived in Shreveport by rail on Tuesday, with future shipments to arrive from South Korea and potentially from sites in the U.S.

“GLOVIS America’s announcement today signifies a new chapter in revitalizing the former GM plant and returning great jobs to Shreveport and the surrounding region,” said Gov. Edwards. “We congratulate GLOVIS on this exciting announcement. Upon the launch of operations, I know GLOVIS will find an abundance of highly skilled talent and an unrivaled infrastructure to receive and ship vehicles. We also want to thank our partners at the North Louisiana Economic Partnership for their role in attracting this project win to our state.”

At the Shreveport facility, GLOVIS is receiving new finished vehicles built at Kia’s factory in Monterrey, Mexico. GLOVIS America will provide added options and packages to the vehicles prior to delivery to dealerships. Options and packages include security systems, Bluetooth connectivity, mud guards, electronics, sunroof accessories, decal kits, and other specifications as requested by the dealerships.

Headquartered in Irvine, California, GLOVIS America is responsible for the delivery of all Hyundai and Kia vehicles to dealerships in the United States. The company operates eleven different locations in the U.S., receiving vehicles at ocean ports and at two factory locations.

"It is such a thrill to see vehicles moving in and out of this plant again," said Mayor Ollie Tyler, City of Shreveport. "This site, the former General Motors Plant, will now return to the symbol of economic prosperity that it once held in our community."