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Friday, 09 March 2012 23:20

Kia's West Point, GA, Plant Makes 500,000th Vehicle

Kia's West Point, GA, plant hit a milestone on Leap Day this year--500,000 vehicles produced.

The plant, which opened on Nov. 16, 2009, hit this accomplishment just over two years after production started, according to USA Today. The plant's milestone vehicle was a white pearl Optima SX, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Kia added two additional work shifts to the plant recently, boosting total employment to 3,000. Kia also invested $100 million in to the plant, expanding its 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, CEO for Kia Motors America. "Their {team members} dedication to building world-class, high-quality vehicles is apparent in each vehicle we produce."

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