New Korean parts plant to bring 426 jobs

Georgia may have lost 500 jobs to Tampa when Time Warner decided not to locate a new division here:

It’s a big loss for economic developers in metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia, who fought hard to attract the new shared services division. The jobs, in human resources and information technology, have an average annual salary of $50,000.

But that will be offset slightly today by a new Kia-related business. From the press release:

Gov. Nathan Deal today joined with county officials and company representatives in Meriwether County to announce that Seoul, South Korea-based Mando Corp. plans to open a high-tech manufacturing operation in the Meriwether County Industrial Park.

The company plans to invest $200 million and create 426 jobs through opening this new facility. Mando’s Georgia plant will supply electric power steering gears and anti-lock brakes/ESC to vehicle manufacturers including Chrysler, General Motors, Hyundai and Kia, among others. This site will be Mando’s third location in the United States.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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39 comments Add your comment


September 21st, 2011
9:49 am


September 21st, 2011
10:00 am

Big difference in salaries… a lot less


September 21st, 2011
10:16 am

Way to go Georgia, keeping South Alabama employed with Georgia jobs.


September 21st, 2011
10:21 am

Meriwether County is the Manchester area. These jobs should not fill with Alabamians. Besides, wouldn’t you hire the best person for the job and not a person based on their address? I think VW messed up by hiring only folks with Tennessee addresses in Chattanooga instead of the best people for the job.


September 21st, 2011
10:23 am

You are right Vince, there are so many people from Alabama working at those Kia plants down
85 South


September 21st, 2011
10:26 am

A boost in the arm for Meriwether County, we are grateful!


September 21st, 2011
10:55 am

Good luck Alabama. You will get most of the jobs


September 21st, 2011
11:01 am

I suspect the majority of the jobs will go to people from Columbus, Lagrange, and West Point … although some will surely go to people from Lanett and Valley as well. Nevertheless, even the AL residents who work at the plant will contribute to the GA economy via both their income taxes and their spending. (There aren’t too many nearby places to shop in AL unless you want to drive all the way down to Auburn/Opelika.) I’m grateful that there are good manufacturing jobs coming ANYWHERE in GA.


September 21st, 2011
11:01 am

If you apply for the job and are qualified, it doesn’t matter where you live you will get the job.

Phil Lunney

September 21st, 2011
11:01 am

I sent the following note yesterday to the editor of the AJC:
The final incentive package includes up to $1.5 million in tax refunds for jobs created, including $1.2 million from Florida and $300,000 from local community matches. Additional incentives include $900,000 from a quick closing fund, workforce training funds, and incentives from Hillsborough County and Tampa for $450,000.

This is a quote from the article about Atlanta losing 500 jobs to Tampa. Time Warner is spending $5million on the facility. I don’t know that this is such a bad loss.
I think this is a much better win.

Alex Hawke

September 21st, 2011
11:03 am

Do you think the South Koreans will be whinning like US citizens over shipping jobs overseas ?


September 21st, 2011
11:10 am

You don’t lose what you never had. AJC should have said “Florida wins in Time Warner job expansion battle”.


September 21st, 2011
11:16 am

VWs are turning out to be rotten cars anyway, GA is better off with KIA


September 21st, 2011
11:22 am

@JD: Tell that to someone whose salary is $0.


September 21st, 2011
11:31 am

Jim: any info on tax (or other) incentives that were provided to attract this new manufacturing operation?

The 500 Time Warner jobs were drawn to Tampa via a huge incentives package that breaks down to $3,000 per employee. I’m wondering if we’re actually getting a net gain with this Kia operation versus the TW one by way of not having to offer the incentives.

The Real Chef

September 21st, 2011
11:45 am

You morons think that the folks from Alabama who might be employed at this new facility and the current Kia facility do not spend some, if not most, of their money in GA? You’re wrong.


September 21st, 2011
12:02 pm

Although Mariwether county is only one county away from AL, it still about 30 to 45 min away from AL depending on where the plant is going to be located. There is no decent interstate access to mariwether county so ti would be all state highways and back roads to travel. I would think that help Georgians get a good bit of the job. The trick would be to put in your application now with KIA.


September 21st, 2011
12:09 pm

The Meriwether County Industrial Park is in the extreme northwest part of the county, much nearer Newnan than Alabama. There may be a few Alabamians that make the drive, but overall this is great news. Now if the State DOT would finally four-lane Georgia 85 down through Meriwether, all parts of this great county should finally see the growth that has eluded it for years.


September 21st, 2011
12:11 pm

The plant will be located off the I-85 Hogansville exit which is Meriwether County.


September 21st, 2011
12:26 pm

Can some of you people not read a MAP?

Complaining about this announcement just shows your ignorance of geography.

Sim Doughtie

September 21st, 2011
12:37 pm

When you get past the different incentive packages that Alabama and Georgia can offer to firms, those firms then look at the larger and more educated work force located in Georgia plus the Quick Start hiring and training program offered to them by the state of Georgia, and that’s why you will see not just this firm but others choose Georgia as well. It does not matter a whole lot if you get a lot of incentives if you can not find enough qualified and trained people to hire to run your operation efficiently.

Johnny Craven

September 21st, 2011
12:52 pm

This is a step in the right dirction. Even though the plant will be closer to Hogansville than Manchester or Greenville it is a good start. Maybe other businesses will now look into the county and into the Manchester Park also … either way Jobs for people in Hogansville, Greenville, Alabama, or anywhere is a good thing in todays world.


September 21st, 2011
12:53 pm

Foreign companies bring jobs back to the USA.

Last Man Laying Down

September 21st, 2011
1:09 pm

Most of y’all are geographically challenged, except Really and Egbert. At least get out of the metro area and drive around the rest of the state, before forming an opinion about some place in GA you’ve never been.


September 21st, 2011
1:11 pm

It would be nice if the State could look at the regulatory climate and make changes to attract more manufacturers back to the Atlanta area. There are plenty of skilled workers, but the cost of doing business in Atlanta is just too high (taxes, EPA, EDP, etc.).


September 21st, 2011
1:15 pm

Great for Georgia and whoever they hire to work at the facility. Doubt people will be driving from south Alabama to work at the parts center.


September 21st, 2011
1:21 pm

Looks like a premium location for the company as they will have good access to KIA and fairly close to Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Newnan and surrounding towns shouls be happy ! They could have located on the northside of Atlanta like most plants did in the past ~~~~


September 21st, 2011
1:39 pm

Thanks Kia, for the jobs in Meriwether County. Now, how about some houses and apts. in Meriwwther County.

Frederick Douglass

September 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

I wonder if John Boehner and the Tea Party crowd know that jobs are being created in Georgia ahead of the 2012 elections, they’re not going to be happy about that news.


September 21st, 2011
2:36 pm

Would you complainers prefer the jobs be in China or Mexico as opposed to Meriwether County Industrial Park? In this economy, we should be thrilled with any new job opportunities.


September 21st, 2011
3:23 pm

This just makes me sick…. I love the idea for more JOBS but, they don’t need to fill all the positions with all ALABAMA’S.

Frederick Douglass

September 21st, 2011
5:10 pm

We need to stop suspected Alabama people at the border, if they aren’t willing to become Georgia residents, then they shouldn’t take Georgia jobs. I’m also in favor of a fence between the states, there’s evidence Alabamans are crossing the Chattahoochee at night, they’re called wet necks.


September 21st, 2011
5:55 pm

Well, down here in Florida, we were told the Time Warner jobs come at a price tag of $3 Million. That’s around $6,000 per job. The article in our local paper said Time Warner chose FL because of its “lower labor cost.” So the cheapest worker “wins”. Also, unemployment benefits in FL are $275 a week (max.) and only last for 23 weeks (cut down from the current 26 beginning in January). We have families living in cars in the Wal-Mart parking lot in my county and 2,200+ homeless kids in my school zone.


September 21st, 2011
6:43 pm

From my direct experience with Kia, West Point, most of the employees will NOT be local people, but people from out of town. And, the temps will outnumber the full hires. And, the local area will see little direct benefit from “people moving to town and shopping there” – the employees will drive in the in the morning and drive out in the evening. It will be a destination job, not a live at home experience.


September 21st, 2011
7:42 pm

I vote with Mr. Douglass. Build a fence and require proper ID before letting Alabama residents into Georgia.You see more Lanett,Valley and Roanoke Alabama people in LaGrange than you do local residents.They evidently have no restaurants,no doctors,no hospital,no dentist and no schools.We just kicked them out of Troup county schools.They only sleep in Alabama so they don’t have any property taxes.Chattahoochee wet necks.I like that Mr. Douglass.

Ga. boy

September 21st, 2011
7:54 pm

Why can’t Gov. Deal station the Ga. National Guard at the Chattahoochee to keep out Alabamans?

Big Hat

September 21st, 2011
8:05 pm

If Georgians and Alabamians get into a shooting war at the state line, would that be called “crass warfare?”

Metro Desk

September 22nd, 2011
8:28 am

The jobs are actually going along the Hogansville boundary along the I-85 corridor, just north of Kia – NOT the “Manchester area”. Yes, many Alabamans will be employed there. But so will many residents of communities along the I-85 corridor in Georgia. It all depends on the skills sets.

No, most Alabamans employed at Kia do not spend most of their money in Georgia. Most live in the Auburn/Opelika area which has better shopping than the West Point-LaGrange Area. But they’re working very hard to change that.


September 23rd, 2011
4:31 pm

So if you’re an HR guy or into IT, your salary will be $50,000…what about the line-level folks who will probably account for a big chunk of that 426? Do I perceive a “false” carrot out there? Let’s don’t inject false hopes into an economy which needs some reachable goals, not pie-in-the-sky aspirations.