Hodges Thrilled to Support Korean Automotive Manufacturing Community

Michael Hodges of the Hodges Companies announced that Hodges Warehouse + Logistics, Inc. and Hodges Commercial Real Estate, Inc. are joining the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and over 40 other Central Alabama area businesses in celebrating and honoring Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and the Korean business community. The Hodges companies are Platinum Sponsors of the performance of Nanta, July 10, 2012 at the theater. Mike explained “We at Hodges are extremely grateful for what Hyundai, their suppliers and friends have done for our community. We are longtime supporters of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and are grateful for the way the theater has improved the quality of life in the River Region. What a great opportunity to celebrate two unique and wonderful parts of the evolving and diverse culture of the Central Alabama area.”

Ena Piao, who assumed responsibility earlier this year for coordinating Hodges efforts to serve the Korean business community added, “I am happy that we are joining in the celebration of the Korean culture and community that does so much for all of us. The Korean automotive supply companies based in Central Alabama and Korea are vital to Hodges. We currently help six Korean industrial companies with their real estate needs and provide Central Alabama warehousing and logistics services to two others. Together they make up the largest concentration of business within Hodges. My job is to make sure we deliver the highest level of service to the Korean business community whether it is for leased commercial space or warehousing and logistics support. It is great to see this community celebrated in such a special way”

Paul Hodges, an owner and director of Hodges stated “The Festival’s Celebration could not come at a better time. We have recently grown our team to keep in step with the community’s growing importance in the area. We were very lucky to recently add Ena to our team. Ena’s education, (she has a Master’s of Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery), and native Korean language ability combine nicely with our years of real estate and warehouse experience to provide a useful service to this growing community. We are also thrilled to have a native Korean language residential agent, Jessica Lee, to broaden our services to this important part of the Central Alabama market.”

Lance Hunter, CEO, feels the Korean business community has changed Montgomery for the better in more ways than just improved economic growth. “Sure, we are grateful for all the new business activity. And we are lucky at Hodges to have enjoyed financial benefits from the regional automotive industry growth. But Hyundai has stepped in and supported the efforts of fellow business members in the community to help everyone in our community. They have shown that a global player from a different culture can reach out to a local community half-a- world away from their home office. The support to the food bank announced this week is just the most recent example that started from the first announcement with support of local education. That support has included donations of everything from large checks to tennis shoes. We are just happy to be able to join many other companies in the community and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in this well-deserved honor for Hyundai and the Korean business community.”

Seungsan Pack USA Doubles Production Space in Montgomery, AL.

Hodges Warehouse + Logistics and Hodges Commercial Real Estate have announced a major expansion by Seungsan Pack USA at their Brockway Warehouse. Seungsan Pack has continued to expand its automotive operation and is now one of the largest tenants and plans continued expansion.

According to Michael Hodges, Leasing Manager for Hodges, “This has been a great partnership for both companies. Seungsan Pack USA initially needed a small amount of space for a start-up operation, but wanted the ability to expand as they grew their business. This is a perfect fit for our style of operation. They currently are using 10 times the initial space and their abilities to expand are still virtually unlimited.”