LaGrange, Ga., April 16, 2009 — After spending more than two years in temporary offices at West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) on Orchard Hill Road in LaGrange, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) announced today that its move to the plant site in West Point, Ga. will be completed this week.
As a token of Kia’s appreciation, Randy Jackson, KMMG’s director of human resources and administration, presented a check on behalf of KMMG to WGTC on Thursday.
“We can’t say enough good things about the West Georgia Technical College and the city of LaGrange for allowing us to work out of this building during the past 2+ years,” said Jackson.”The hospitality we have been shown has blown us all away and we intend to remain close partners with WGTC and the city of LaGrange.”
“It has been our pleasure to have Kia call West Georgia Technical College home for over two years,” said Perrin Alford, WGTC’s interim president. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity Kia has shown to us. This donation will be used exclusively for student scholarships.”
Jackson noted that KMMG production and maintenance team members first began relocating to the $1 billion facility on March 27. Administrative personnel should be moved in by April 17. With more than 100 new hires coming on board in April, KMMG will be at well over 600 team members by the end of this month.
“Our hiring process is moving right along as we continue to hit our targets,” said Jackson. “We still anticipate having between 1,000 and 1,100 team members when we begin production later this year.”
With most of the construction on the plant itself complete, the installation and testing of equipment is currently underway in each of the plant’s shops.
KMMG is scheduled to begin trials later this month and remains on schedule to begin production during the last quarter of 2009.
The new address for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. is 7777 Kia Parkway, West Point, Ga. 31833.
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 is scheduled to begin production in the last quarter of 2009. At full capacity, the plant will have the ability to produce 300,000 vehicles annually and employ approximately 2,500 team members.