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Georgia lawmakers praise Kia for manufacturing and its impact on the state

Led by Governor Brian P. Kemp, Georgia lawmakers recognized January 31 as “Kia Day”, praising Kia’s vehicle manufacturing and its impact on the state as it made one of the largest foreign investments in the state. . Georgia history in 2006 by establishing the state’s state-of-the-art vehicle assembly facility at West Point.

Kia Georgia was Kia Corporation’s first manufacturing facility in North America and assembles approximately 40 percent of all Kia vehicles sold in the US, with jobs in the region.

“Kia chose Georgia because they saw something in us: our great workforce, quality of life and pro-business approach. And we saw something in Kia: a shared vision for transformative growth and a commitment to our state’s working people,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp.

Kia is a dynamic part of the world’s third largest automaker and continues to invest in Georgia.

In October, it was revealed that the assembly of Kia’s electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to begin in the first half of 2025 at the Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA), which officially started construction near Savannah, Georgia. Is. HMGMA will create over 8,100 jobs in the coming years.

“Kia was the first company to open an auto manufacturing plant in Georgia because we saw a talented workforce, sense of community, respectful, growth-supporting business environment and commitment to innovation,” said Sean Yoon, chairman and CEO of Kia North. , America and Kia America.

“Kia is focused on becoming a leader in sustainable mobility by popularizing electric vehicles, and we look forward to working with Georgia, which we proudly call home, to bring new opportunities.”

Kia Georgia is home to the K5 mid-size sedan and several models of the Telluride, Sorento and Sportage SUVs*, with more than 90 percent of the vehicles assembled at dealerships across the United States.

Total production of Kia Georgia is estimated to exceed 4 million vehicles by April 2023. The West Point facility has provided more than $20 million in support to Georgia communities since 2009, including more than $6 million to support programs such as THINC College and Career Academy in LaGrange. and SAE “A World in Motion.”

“Georgia’s range of resources to fuel economic growth and workforce development has enabled Kia to focus on the key fundamentals of building a state-of-the-art facility and the skills needed for hundreds of new team members,” said Stuart Countess. permitted to.” , , President and CEO of Kia Georgia.

“As Kia looks to the future with enthusiasm, we are confident in our ability to adapt and lead the evolving automotive industry. Our experience in the state of Georgia is a big part of building that trust.”

written on 2023-02-01 20:25:32

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