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Georgia Quick Start breaks ground on upcoming ‘Mobility Training Center’ in Bryan County
The Hyundai Mobility Training Center of Georgia will be the first training center in the state ‘exclusively’ focused on electric vehicle (EV) production.
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Members of Georgia Quick Start, Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA) and local government officials commemorating the groundbreaking of QuickStart's new training facility on Feb. 8, 2024. Photo courtesy of Georgia Quick Start.

Bryan County’s Hyundai Metaplant America is fast approaching completion, with production slated to commence in early 2025. The electric vehicle manufacturing facility alone is set to create more than 8,000 jobs needing to be filled in the region.  

That’s where the new Hyundai Mobility Training Center of Georgia steps in. 

Georgia Quick Start, a division of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), has officially broken ground on the upcoming Hyundai Mobility Training Center of Georgia, the first training center in Georgia exclusively dedicated to the electric vehicle (EV) market. 

“As part of Georgia’s economic development agreement with HMGMA [Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America], Georgia Quick Start will be building and operating a training center that is specifically designed to meet the training needs of Hyundai,” announced Scott McMurray, Quick Start’s deputy commissioner, at Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony.  

Located right next to the Metaplant, the new 89,000 sq. ft. training facility is scheduled to be completed in late 2025, but Quick Start has already begun providing training for HMGMA and its supplier companies through its existing Quick Start Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Pooler. 

“Quick Start is Georgia’s most critical and successful tool for attracting manufacturing companies to locate in our state and for helping them launch their new operations,” McMurray said. 

The Mobility Training Center is part of Hyundai Motor Group’s initiative to develop a local workforce for the Metaplant, with the help of regional technical colleges and universities. 

“Today’s groundbreaking is a milestone in our partnership with Georgia Quick Start, the Technical College System of Georgia and the State of Georgia. Our relationship, symbolized by this training center, will ensure our stable operation, continuous improvement, and future success for decades to come,” said Oscar Kwon, the president and CEO of Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA).

“As this entire project moves forward, we’ll have a chance to train all of the employees that are going to fill these spaces,” said Mark Peevy, the chief of staff for the Technical College System of Georgia, alluding to future job openings at the Metaplant as well as supplier affiliates in the area such as Hyundai Mobis, Glovis, and Transys. 

“Right now, all across the state, our technical colleges are adding and revising curriculum and implementing new programs to build this future workforce pipeline,” said Peevy. 

Representatives from Savannah Tech, Georgia Southern, Ogeechee Tech, and Coastal Pines Technical College were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony, showcasing a strong link between industry and academia that is creating opportunities for local graduates from colleges in southeast Georgia.

“We’ve already had a lot of interest in the community as well as high schools about the program and [from] students wanting to get into the program,” said Lonnie Roberts, president of Coastal Pines Technical College, referring to a newly launched technical certificate at Coastal Pines for Electric Vehicle Professionals created in conjunction with Hyundai

Carter Infinger, chairman of both the Bryan County Commission and the Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority (JDA), was the opening guest speaker at the groundbreaking ceremony, as his work at the Commission played a role in bringing the Metaplant to Bryan County.

Infinger believes that Hyundai’s collaboration with local colleges and high schools will help make Bryan County a more exciting place to live and work in.

“Hyundai are wanting to be a part of the community, to partner with all of our schools to help out where they can,” Infinger said.

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