Shinhwa Auton USA Corp.

The Shinhwa Auto USA Corporation announced Monday that it will grow its manufacturing operation in Auburn through the addition of high-pressure aluminum die casting and associated post processing. 

This investment will enhance Shinhwa’s capabilities in Auburn while maintaining their commitment to highly automated, technology-driven manufacturing.

“Shinhwa has been a great addition to Auburn’s high-tech manufacturing base since they chose Auburn for their first U.S. operation in 2019,” said Auburn Mayor Ron Anders, in a news release. “We are excited they have decided to invest an additional $70 million and create some 48 jobs over the next two years. This is just another example of the impact a strong, diversified industrial base has on our local economy now and for years to come.”

“The addition of high-pressure die casting capabilities will allow us to provide additional Made in Alabama components to our client base,” said Daejin Park, president of Shinhwa US Auto Corp. “Thanks to the supportive environment we have experienced here in Auburn, we are able to continue to grow and invest with confidence.”

Shinhwa was founded in 1995 in Changwon, South Korea. The company’s focus on a high level of automation and improvements in areas with a high degree of technological challenges provides important value to its customers in the automotive industry.

To learn more about the job opportunities available at Shinhwa Auto USA Corporation, please visit

For more information, contact the City of Auburn's Economic Development Department at (334) 501-7270 or


Polar Express tickets on sale

 All aboard the Polar Express! Children ages 12 and under are invited to this festive children’s event on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC). Children are required to be accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Children 23 months and younger are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

The cost is $15 per person plus online fees for participants 24 months (2 years) and older. Make sure to purchase your tickets early, because this event has sold out in previous years. 

The tickets sales are a donation to the Auburn Arts Association and help fund their many art education programs, therefore they are nonrefundable.

Tickets are now on sale online. Please note that an adult ticket must be purchased first. Then, a free infant ticket and/or a child ticket may be added to the adult ticket transaction.

The Polar Express session times are noon and 2:30 p.m. The 9 a.m. session is sold out. Activities include holiday-themed art projects, hot chocolate and cookies, story time with Mrs. Clause and a North Pole room complete with a visit from Santa Clause. 

There will also be a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Clause! Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite holiday pajamas while participating in this festive event. This will be an indoor event and will take place rain or shine.

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