A fire at a key supplier plant has forced Kia to temporarily suspend production at its own factory in West Point, Georgia.
Even a brief shutdown is a potentially serious problem for the Korean carmaker as it has already been struggling to meet demand for products such as the midsize Optima sedan and Sorrento SUV, both produced at the Georgia facility. The fire also complicates matters for Kia’s Korean sibling, as that assembly line also produces some of Hyundai’s Santa Fe sport-utility vehicles.
Kia confirms it does not expect to resume production at the Georgia plant until the start of the first shift on Wednesday, according to a statement.
The maker declined to discuss details of the fire but wire reports indicate the problem follows a fire at a nearby factory operated by Korean supplier Daehan Solution. The parts maker has not responded to an request for comment.