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Ga Fetes South Korean Automaker’s Increasing Presence in State


Feb 14, 2023
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp checks out a Kia SUV made in his state at the inaugural Kia Day at the State Capitol in Atlanta. (Gov. Kemp's office, via Twitter)

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp walked out of his downtown Atlanta business office not too long ago, crossed the road and hopped into a new 2023 Kia SUV Telluride to celebrate the South Korean automaker’s existence that is about to get considerably larger sized in the Peach Condition.

The event was the initially Kia Working day, held Jan. 31 at the State Capitol elaborate, to mark Kia Corp.’s commitment to Georgia. Kia, portion of Hyundai Motor Group, opened its to start with car plant in North The us in 2009 in West Place, Georgia, and has invested extra than $1.9 billion in that procedure. And now Hyundai Motor is developing its $5.5 billion Metaplant America in close proximity to Savannah, Georgia, exactly where it plans to make electrical vehicles and ultimately use about 8,100 people today to do the job in it.

“When Kia’s father or mother company — Hyundai — completes its Metaplant in Bryan County that we broke ground on final Oct and the several suppliers it is bringing to our point out have started operations… the broader household linked to Kia will employ even much more Georgians,” Kemp claimed in organized remarks. “That’s how solid their belief in us has been, that they would make two generational investments in our state in less than two a long time.”

Kia became the initially automaker to pick out Georgia for a motor vehicle assembly plant at a time when neighboring states previously experienced lured overseas businesses to established up store. “Kia is focused on starting to be a leader in sustainable mobility by popularizing EVs and we glimpse forward to operating with and bringing new opportunities to Georgia, the condition we proudly contact dwelling,” Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia The usa, explained in a assertion.

Kemp has pledged to posture his point out as a leading spot for the producing of electrical cars and the batteries that electrical power them.

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