Hyundai Motor America announced its partnership with Georgia Southern University and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire, donating $15,000 to each organization. The support highlights Hyundai’s strong commitment to the state of Georgia, where the new Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America is currently being built in Bryan County. Ceremonial checks were presented to the two organizations in Georgia.
Coastal Empire Region includes Hilton Head Island, SC, Savannah, GA, and covers Beaufort and Jasper counties in SC, and Bryan, Bullock, Chatham, Effingham, Evans, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties in GA.
(left to right) Ciara Calub, Hyundai Motor America, Vanessa Perez, Hyundai Motor America, Brandon Ramirez, director, corporate social responsibility, Hyundai Motor America, Julie Gerbsch, executive director of development, office of university advancement, Georgia Southern University, Amy Ballagh, interim vice president, enrollment management, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. on January 23, 2023. (Photo/Hyundai)
(left to right) Vanessa Perez, Hyundai Motor America, Ciara Calub, Hyundai Motor America, Brandon Ramirez, director, corporate social responsibility, Hyundai Motor America, Amy Ariano, president, board of directors, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire, Nina Gompels, board of directors, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire, Billy Sorochak, chief executive officer and executive director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire in Savannah, Ga. on January 23, 2023. (Photo/Hyundai)
With our global vision of progress for humanity, Hyundai is proud to support organizations that are doing good for their community,” said Brandon Ramirez, director, corporate social responsibility and external relations, Hyundai Motor America. “Innovation opens the door to the future, and access to quality education is a key component to building the leaders of tomorrow. Additionally, community health programs are critical in filling unmet needs of families going through distressful times, such as during illness and disease.”
The donation to Georgia Southern University (pictured at right) will help provide scholarships to undergraduate students in theareas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, as these areas of study are particularly important to innovation.
"Community partnerships play an important role in helping our students reach their full potential in the STEM fields,” said Julie Gerbsch, executive director of development, Georgia Southern University. “We are proud to be community partners with Hyundai Motor America.”
The donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is part of Hyundai’s corporate social responsibility initiative, Hyundai Hope, which seeks to uplift children and families by means of supporting various health programs. This donation will help provide housing to young hospital patients and their families.
“When a child becomes seriously ill, the entire family suffers, particularly when the child is hospitalized or receives outpatient treatment far from home over an extended period of time,” said Billy Sorochak, chief executive officer of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.
“For the family of a hospitalized child, the Ronald McDonald House will be the most important House they will ever visit. Thanks to the generous support of Hyundai Motor America, through the Hyundai Hope initiative, so many children and families will receive both the care and comfort needed during these difficult times.”
Hyundai Magaplant on the way:
Back in October 2022, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Chair Euisun Chung, along with Governor Brian P. Kemp, and company officials, and state and local leaders, officially broke ground on Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA) LLC's new manufacturing plant at the Bryan County Mega site.
The spacious $5.54 billion investment by the company and its affiliate suppliers was announced five months ago and includes plans to produce a diverse range of innovative Hyundai, Genesis and Kia electric vehicles (EVs) and a new battery manufacturing facility. HMGMA will create more than 8,100 jobs over the next few years as the company aims to establish a stable supply chain for EV battery and other EV components in the U.S. market. HMGMA's new smart factory is expected to begin commercial production in the first half of 2025.