PORTLAND, ORE. (July 24, 2013) – Two Millionth Hyundai Rolls through
Port, Facility Expansion Underway
was 1990 when the Hyundai import auto terminal first opened in Portland – the
same year that the world’s first web server created the foundation of what is
now the Internet. Much has changed since then, and just like the web, the look
and performance of Hyundai vehicles have evolved.
23 years later, the two millionth Hyundai arrived at the Port in July. Growing volumes of Hyundai
vehicles have helped keep Portland the second largest auto import hub on the
U.S. West Coast.
Motor Company first began importing cars through Portland in 1986 – mostly
Excel subcompact automobiles bound for dealers in 29 states. In 1988, Hyundai
Motor America signed a letter of intent confirming that the Port of Portland
was selected as Hyundai’s primary U.S. port of entry. Support from the
Governor’s office and federal delegation helped secure the commitment.
“Hyundai did an extensive
comparative analysis on various West Coast ports for over a year before finally
deciding to anchor down in Portland,” said Bob Mazer, Manager, Portland, of GLOVIS America, Hyundai Auto Group’s
of a $12.2 million auto import facility and floating dock was financed by the
Port, Oregon Lottery funds, and Hyundai. At a memorable groundbreaking ceremony
in June 1989, skydivers delivered a shovel from 2,000 feet. As a symbol of the
friendly ties and growing trade between Oregon and South Korea, they displayed
the flags of each country as they floated down to Hyundai’s construction site.
The first Hyundai auto ship called the new facility in March 1990.
their volumes have grown over the past two decades, we have continued to grow
with them,” said John Akre, terminal manager for the Port of Portland. “We have
always had a great relationship with Hyundai and GLOVIS.”
few long term leases and two million cars later, Auto Warehousing Company now
handles the inbound Hyundai vehicles for GLOVIS at the leased, 130-acre
Terminal 6 auto processing facility. A $2.8 million expansion is underway to
expand the processing building by 27,000 square feet and increase capacity to
more than 110,000 vehicles annually. This could double the 70 jobs already on
site, and provide added work for rail, trucking, longshoreman and teamster
Portland saw more than
275,000 vehicles roll across the docks in 2012, and each one has an estimated
economic impact of $271 to the local economy.
the Port of Portland
in 1891 by the Oregon Legislature, the Port of Portland owns four marine
terminals, three airports (Portland International, Hillsboro, and Troutdale)
and five industrial parks. The mission of the Port is to enhance the region's
economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger
access to national and global markets.