Kia opens US production plant

kia-usa-sKia has opened a billion dollar production plant in the USA


Kia opens production in USA

Kia has opened its new billion dollar US production facility in Georgia.

  • All-new Sorento is first vehicle built at the US$1 billion manufacturing plant
  • State-of-the-art facility capable of producing 300,000 vehicles annually
  • Project to create 2,500 direct and 7,500 additional employment locally

The first US-built Kia vehicle, a white all-new Sorento, has rolled off the production line at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), officially opening the first US Kia Motors plant. KMMG is expected to produce 300,000 vehicles at full capacity and employ 2,500 people, with on-site and nearby suppliers creating 7,500 additional jobs in the region.

“The start of production for our first manufacturing facility in the United States further demonstrates our commitment to growth in North America and we are proud to be adding 2,500 jobs to the local economy,” said B.M. Ahn, President and CEO, Kia Motors America (KMA) and KMMG.

Representing an investment of US$1 billion by Kia Motors, KMMG will establish new benchmarks for vehicle quality and productivity by utilising some of the world’s most advanced manufacturing techniques.

KMMG’s general assembly area is outfitted with more than a half-mile (0.8 km) of height-adjustable conveyors to achieve the most favourable installation position for each team member and reduce physical fatigue. KMMG is the only general assembly plant in North America outfitted with wood flooring, which provides a more comfortable and forgiving work environment for team members.

Built on 2,200 acres (880 hectares), the complex includes a body stamping facility, a transmission shop where the new Sorento’s six-speed automatic transmission is produced, and a two-mile (3.2 km) test track, in addition to the main assembly plant.

The plant’s 186-feet-long (57m) stamping press delivers 5,400 tons of pressure to stamp steel into 17 different types of vehicle panels for the new Sorento, operating at a speed of seven to 15 strokes per minute. The massive stamping equipment spans from almost 20 feet (6m) below the floor to 39.4 feet (12m) above the floor.

KMMG continues Kia Motors’ aggressive investment in the US market. Since 2002, more than US$1.3 billion has been invested in various facilities throughout the country, including a dedicated corporate campus and design centre in Irvine, California; a state-of-the-art research and development centre in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and custom-built vehicle proving grounds in Mojave, California.

Since coming to market in the United States, Kia Motors has through its US-based marketing and distribution arm, Kia Motors America, expanded to a full product line of vehicles and enjoyed 14 years of consecutive market share increases, including a 50 percent increase through October 2009.

Most recently, KMA posted its best sales quarter in company history and is one of only three automakers whose US sales are up over their 2008 result.