(West Point, GA.) Dec. 11, 2012 – On Tuesday, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG), the Troup County School System and the City of West Point held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the beginning of construction for three new student bus stop shelters that were made possible through a $10,000 donation from KMMG.
The three shelters will be located at East 12th Street, East 7th Street at Avenue H, and Davidson Street at East 6th Street. The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the East 12th Street location.
“Education is important not just for the individual, but also for the members of the individual’s community and these new bus stop shelters will be a big benefit to local students who wait for buses in West Point in the morning before school,” said Randy Jackson, KMMG’s vice president of human resources and administration. “Our team members believe in giving back to the community we call home and we are hard at work to make today better than yesterday with the whole team pulling in the same direction.”
Dr. Cole Pugh, the superintendent of the Troup County School System, thanked KMMG for the contribution and for the plant’s interest in this area.
“This is a great day for the students inWest Pointwho will use these bus shelters,” said Pugh. “The shelters will serve as safe havens from inclement weather and will also provide students with a comfortable setting while awaiting school bus transportation.”
West Point Mayor Dr. Drew Ferguson IV thanked KMMG for continuing to support the community.
“Kia is committed to this area’s growth and it realizes how important the young people in our community are to the future,” saidFerguson. “We thank KMMG for helping to make this project a reality.”
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009. KMMG is home to the 2013 Sorento CUV and the 2013 Optima mid-size sedan, two of the brand’s top selling models. Beginning in 2012, the plant has the ability to build 360,000 vehicles annually from U.S. and globally-sourced parts.