West Point, Ga. Feb. 7, 2012 – More than 160team members with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) have returned home after spending time training at Kia’s state-of-the-art research and development center in Namyang, Korea.
Randy Jackson, KMMG’s Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, said that the reports that came back from Korea are extremely positive and KMMG is encouraged that so many team members took advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from experts within Kia’s worldwide organization. To date, more than 1,400 KMMG team members have trained in Korea.
“Quality is always a top priority for KMMG and a matter of pride with all of our team members,” said Jackson. “This training has provided the team members with a chance for professional development as well as a, once-in-a-lifetime, cultural experience. Our team members will continue to strive to make outstanding progress in all aspects of the Kia Way.”
The Kia Way is a set of operating principles that define the KMMG workplace culture and establish a “one system/one team” approach. The Kia Way puts a great emphasis on trust, mutual respect and open two-way communication among all team members. This assures KMMG of continuous improvement in its quest to be the best and most innovative manufacturing plant in the world.
Kia Motors’ Namyang R&D Center is a cutting-edge facility that encompasses the complete vehicle design process, from pre-design studies and prototyping to full-scale aerodynamic testing and comprehensive crash testing.
About Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia
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 of the 2011 Kia Sorento on Nov. 16, 2009. Beginning in 2012, the plant has the ability to build 360,000 vehicles annually from U.S. and globally-sourced parts.
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