Posco-AAPC Celebrates Grand Opening

The Alabama operations for Korean steel giant Posco officially opened its automotive steel cutting plant in McCalla, Ala. today in what a senior executive dubbed “the center of the automotive industry in the U.S.”  

Posco-AAPC, as the Alabama plant is known, will bring in large rolls of steel by rail and truck and cut them into parts for automakers in the Southeast. The company’s grand opening ceremony did not specify which automakers the plant would supply, but the presence at the ribbon cutting of VIPs from Hyundai, BMW and Volkswagen provided an obvious clue.

 

Posco has invested $19 million in the plant and, with the help of Jefferson County, Gray Construction and the Jefferson County Economic Development and Industrial Development Authority, completed an aggressive construction schedule in just over nine months.

 

The plant is located in Jefferson Metropolitan Park-McCalla, which the authority controls.


Posco is headquartered in Korea and is the second largest steel producer in the world. The company’s global steel production exceeded 28 million tons last year.  

In the picture above, from Left to right: Jeffrey Moon, Purcahsing Manager for Volkswagen America; Duane Copeland, Lead Procurement Specialist with BMW; Yang Su Kim, Vice President of Hyundai Motor (HMMA); Bettye Fine Collins, President of Jefferson County Commission; Jim Folsom, Jr., Lt. Governor of State of Alabama; Jinil Kim, Senior Executive Vice President of POSCO; Hae Jin Chun, Counsul General of Consulate of Korea; Yang Yeon Hwang, Vice President of DAEWOO International; Jongwan Yoo, President of POSCO America; Stephen Gray, President and COO of Gray Construction; and Soonyoung Choi, President of POSCO-AAPC.

Gray Construction, ranked 4th among U.S. Top Automotive Facility Contractors, provided construction management on this project. If you have automotive plant construction needs or are interested in additional POSCO-AAPC project information, please contact Chris Allen, Executive Vice President, Automotive Market at callen@gray.com.

    September 20, 2010

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