West Point, Ga. — Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) donated 20 all-new Kia Sorentos to the Technical College System of Georgia at a special event held today at the Kia Georgia Training Center in West Point, Ga. The vehicles are being donated to benefit the automotive education programs at the 20 technical colleges in the state of Georgia with the highest enrollments in these programs.
“KMMG deeply appreciates the support we continue to receive from Quick Start, the Technical College System of Georgia and the State of Georgia,” said Kia Motors America and KMMG Group President and CEO Byung Mo Ahn. “The donation of these vehicles is just one expression of our deep appreciation for all that Quick Start and Georgia’s technical colleges have done to support our success.”
Quick Start and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have been important partners for Kia Motors Manufacturing since 2006, when Kia first announced it was going to build its first North American automotive manufacturing facility in Georgia. The Kia Georgia Training Center, operated jointly by Kia and Georgia Quick Start, opened its doors in 2008. Since then, Quick Start has assisted KMMG with training support, as KMMG has hired more than 1,700 team members who began producing the best-selling, award-winning Sorento last November.
Commissioner Ron Jackson received the donation on behalf of the TCSG. “Students across the state will have the opportunity to experience some of the most sophisticated automotive technology on the market today,” Jackson said. “KMMG’s generous donation will help prepare our graduates with the knowledge and experience to compete in the world of advanced automotive manufacturing.”
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 full mass production of the 2011 Kia Sorento on November 16, 2009. At full capacity, the plant will have the ability to build 300,000 vehicles annually. The 2011 Kia Sorento is assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally-sourced parts.