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Ga. Kia plant builds 500,000th vehicle

Guests and workers look on as the 500,000th Kia rolls off the assembly line at the Georgia plant. Guests and workers look on as the 500,000th Kia rolls off the assembly line at the Georgia plant.
The 500,000th Kia rolls off the assembly line in West Point, Ga. The 500,000th Kia rolls off the assembly line in West Point, Ga.
WEST POINT, GA (WSFA) -

The West Point, Georgia plant that manufactures Kia automobiles is marking a milestone with the production of its 500,000th vehicle. Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. held a celebration ceremony Wednesday at the West Point, Ga. facility to mark the occasion. 

KMMG began mass production of the Kia Sorento CUV on Nov. 16, 2009, a vehicle that quickly became the brand's best-selling product in the U.S.

Then, on Sept. 2, 2011, KMMG began production of the Kia Optima mid-size sedan, a vehicle that led the brand's U.S. sales in December 2011 and January.

Since opening, KMMG says it has added two additional shifts of production with more than 3,000 employees hired by the plant to date. In 2011, KMMG completed a $100 million expansion that pushed the plant's total capacity to 360,000 units per year.

"Building 500,000 vehicles in just over two years is quite a milestone for our first U.S. manufacturing plant to accomplish," said Byung Mo Ahn, Group President and CEO for Kia Motors America and KMMG. "The commitment from each one of our team members is a big reason we've been able to achieve 17 consecutive months of record sales. Their dedication to building world class, high quality vehicles is apparent in each vehicle we produce."

Vehicle number 500,000 was a snow white pearl Optima SX. Plant officials say it will soon be on its way to one of the 755 dealerships Kia has around the United States.

Kia is the sister company of Hyundai Motors Corporation which operates a plant in Montgomery, Alabama.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

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