It’s nice to hear about some good news on the jobs front.
Kia Motors will hire another 1,000 workers in West Point — a sign that the state’s battered manufacturing industry is poised for a rebound, AJC reporter Dan Chapman writes.
Kia, which began producing the Georgia-made Sorento crossover a year ago, currently employs 2,000 people. More than 100,000 Sorentos have been sold, underscoring the vehicle’s popularity, Chapman reports.
“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,” Byung Mo Ahn, CEO of Kia Motors America, said in a statement.
Kia is remaking Troup County, home to West Point, LaGrange, Kia and a passel of auto suppliers, Chapman writes. Its investment, though, didn’t come cheaply. Local, state and federal taxpayers put up $469 million in land, buildings and tax breaks to lure Kia to west Georgia.
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In other media:
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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