Kia re-opens applications process for third wave of jobs

West Point, Ga. – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) announced Thursday the re-opening of its online application process for the third wave of hiring at the West Point, Ga., automotive facility. Since its first round of hiring in 2008, KMMG has hired more than 2,000 people who manufacture the 2011 Kia Sorento CUV, the top-selling Kia model in the U.S this year.

"We have built a team that has been setting new records for quality and efficiency," said Randy Jackson, KMMG's director of human resources. "Their success has paved the way for even more growth, which is why we are moving aggressively to add new team members with a third wave of hiring."

KMMG began production of the 2011 Sorento in November of 2009 and through September of this year has produced more than 100,000 Sorentos.

Individuals wishing to apply to KMMG must visit to complete an application. KMMG's application process is online-only. Selected candidates will then be invited for additional pre-employment assessment at the Kia Georgia Training Center, which is operated jointly by Georgia Quick Start and KMMG.

"Our current team has set a high standard of performance," Jackson said. "Now we're looking for still more candidates who want to take on the challenge of becoming the world's best 'industrial athletes.' Once again, we're asking everyone, 'Can you make it?'"

The 2011 Sorento has been Kia Motors America's (KMA) best-selling vehicle in the U.S. every month since going on sale in January 2010, and has played an important role in KMA's record sales and increased market share growth. Kia Motors is in the midst of a dramatic, design-led transformation, which has been delivering dynamically styled vehicles in several important segments and building the brand through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and new technology.

"The quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into building the Sorento from the entire KMMG team has helped make it the best-selling Kia vehicle in the United States," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. "By opening our third wave of hiring, we are building on that foundation and increasing our commitment to the U.S. and the local economy."

*for 2011 models built after March 2010