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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.