AL: Kia's New Factory to Bring 3600+ New Jobs to Alabama | Trade and Industry Development

AL: Kia's New Factory to Bring 3600+ New Jobs to Alabama

Jan 10, 2010

Korean automaker Kia is building the Sorento SUV at its new factory in Georgia, which has brought more than 3,600 supplier jobs to Alabama. Korean automaker Kia, which recently kicked off production at its new western Georgia auto assembly plant, has brought a wave of new jobs and investment to communities across Alabama.

According to the Alabama Development Office, Kia is responsible for more than 3,600 new jobs at the state's auto supplier plants. New companies moved into Alabama and existing companies expanded as a result of Kia's decision to plant roots near the state line in West Point, Ga.

Gov. Bob Riley credited local communities for their "aggressive industry recruitment efforts."

"When Kia announced its decision, we said nothing but good would come out of it for Alabama," Riley said in a prepared statement. "With more than 3,600 new job announcements, 12 new suppliers, 22 existing supplier expansions and $704 million invested in our economy, we can now point to real benefits for Alabama workers."

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