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Kia-ville; Kia brings the wind of change to Georgia Town
Georgia Town to become a “Kia-ville”. Kia plans to open its first-ever US production base by the end of the year.
Mark sent me a tip about a very interesting article that he found on CNN website. The article is related to Kia Motors and its first US manufacturing plant, currently under construction. The editor of the article talks about great impact that the plant will have on the economy in the city and area nearby.
As you know, Kia will open its first-ever production facility in West Point Georgia, where it will produce vehicles for the US market. There has been many speculations about models that the company will produce at the $1.2 billion plant. The plant with capacity of 300.000 vehicles per year – when fully operational – will be capable of producing three different Kia models.
So far, Kia has only confirmed the 2010 Sorento crossover for production, but lately we have heard news that Kia may also build a facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe at the same production lines in Georgia. The third model, destined for US production, is still a very well kept secret.
Kias first US plant is located roughly 80 miles south of Atlanta and has already hired around 500 workers, but it plans to employ additional 2,000 workers by the time the plant opens. Companies that will supply Kia factory with parts will eventually employ additional 7,500 workers. It is expected that West Point is going to gain around 20,000 new jobs in the next couple of years as a result of Kia’s new factory. [Source: CNN]
You can read the whole story on Kia-ville at the following link: CNN. Thanks for the tip, Mark!