Worker stabbed at Hyundai production facility in Montgomery
Oct 11, 2012 (Menafn - Montgomery Advertiser - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --A subcontractor was stabbed Wednesday at Montgomery's Hyundai facility after an argument between workers escalated to violence.
"The plant's emergency response team and security responded to the incident, and police were called to the plant," Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama spokesman Robert Burns said in a statement. He said one of the individuals was hospitalized and is scheduled to be released today.
Police and Hyundai officials said a second person was taken into custody by the Montgomery Police Department, but no charges have been filed.
The "incident of work place violence" involved employees of two different subcontractors that that are not employed by HMMA, Burns said.
MPD Lt. R.L. Duckett said the case currently is under investigation.
Workers at the Montgomery facility produced 35,254 vehicles in August, more than any other month in the plant's seven-year history. That total fell to 30,951 in September as HMMA added a third production shift.
HMMA added 877 positions throughout the year to support the additional shift, bringing the total number of jobs created at the plant to more than 3,000.
The company's goal is to increase 2012 production capacity by about 20,000 units. Burns said in September that HMMA is optimistic it can hit that target, and that the facility could set a new production record in October.
The Montgomery plant produces most of the cars that the company sells in the United States.
Hyundai Motor America posted its best September sales in company history last month, and the Montgomery-made Elantra led the way with the highest sales totals of any vehicle. In releasing the September U.S. sales numbers, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO John Krafcik credited the increased production capacity of the Montgomery plant as a driving force toward stronger sales for the company.
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