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Supplier Fire Shuts Down Kia’s Georgia Plant

by on Mar.19, 2012

A partially assembled Optima rolls down the line at the Kia plant in West Point, Georgia.

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.

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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.


Kia Confirms Plans To Build Hyundai Santa Fe At Georgia Assembly Plant

Maker claims “local” jobs will jump to 10,000 including suppliers.

by on Aug.31, 2010

Kia will add a second shift at its West Point, Ga., plant to build the Hyundai Santa Fe, opening up more capacity for Hyundai to build the Sonata at is plant in Montgomery, Ala.

Kia Motors Manufacturing has confirmed rumors it will add production of a second model at its recently opened assembly plant, in West Point, Ga.

Limited production of the Santa Fe, sold by sibling Korean carmaker Hyundai, will begin on Sept. 27.  The following month, Kia will launch a second shift at the Georgia assembly line.

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Current employment at the plant is about 1,900, and will grow to about 2,500 with the addition of the second shift. Including local suppliers and other support operations, Kia claims total Georgia employment for the plant will reach about 10,000.


Kia Begins Production at First U.S. Plant

Maker aiming for big jump in sales and share.

by on Nov.16, 2009

The new Kia assembly plant, in West Point, Georgia, will eventually employ 2,500 workers and have a capacity of up to 300,000 vehicles annually.

The new Kia assembly plant, in Georgia, will eventually employ 2,500 workers and have a capacity of up to 300,000 vehicles annually.

A white Sorrento crossover vehicle rolled off the assembly line, in West Point, Georgia, today, marking the start of production at Kia’s first U.S. assembly plant.

The new, $1.2 billion facility will eventually employ 2,500 workers on the line, and another 7,500 to support the plant, the automaker said, with production capacity to reach 300,000 vehicles annually.

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“The start of production for our first manufacturing facility in the United States further demonstrates our commitment to growth in North America and we are proud to be adding 2,500 jobs to the local economy,” said B.M. Ahn, President and CEO, Kia Motors America (KMA) and KMMG, during a ceremony to mark the opening of the West Point plant.