50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Inside Hyundai

November 29, 2010

SEOUL — In 1995, Hyundai Electronics announced plans to build a semiconductor plant in west Eugene.

The project was controversial from the start.

Given the company’s poor safety record in South Korea and its anti-union stance, activists sounded the alarm.

There also were understandable concerns about air and water pollution and worker safety.

So, in order to better know the company that was about to become one of Lane County’s biggest employers, KEZI 9 News sent a crew to South Korea for a behind-the-scenes look at Hyundai.

In 2001, Hyundai Electronics changed its name to Hynix Semiconductor and was spun off from the Hyundai group.

In 2008, the computer chip industry suffered a worldwide collapse, which forced Hynix to close its Eugene plant and lay off more than a thousand workers.

The company is now for sale.

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