Kia opens first U.S. manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia

February 27th, 2010 - 2:02 am ICT by BNO News  

WEST POINT, GEORGIA (BNO NEWS) – Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group celebrated the grand opening of its first U.S. manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia, the Office of the Governor announced on Friday.

Governor Sonny Perdue joined Mong-Koo Chung, chairman of Kia, and approximately 500 dignitaries from Korea and the U.S., in the opening ceremony.

“Georgia’s strengths will provide Kia with a competitive advantage as it expands its manufacturing base to North America. In turn, Kia and its suppliers are providing high-quality jobs to Georgia workers who can take pride in seeing vehicles they helped build on highways around the country,” said Gov. Perdue.

The new plant will create 2,500 jobs and will be able to produce 300,000 cars per year. The company invested $1 billion in the construction of the new facility.

“Kia is proud to call West Point, Georgia home and we look forward to many years of growing together,” said a Kia spokesman.

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