Kia to invest $100 million in Georgia plant to increase production

Kia said last week that it will invest $100 million to increase production capacity at its assembly plant in West Point, Ga. The investment will increase the plant’s production capacity from the current 300,000 units to 360,000 units a year.

The investment comes as Kia prepares to add a third shift at the plant to build the Kia Optima starting this September. The plant already builds the Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe, both which share the platform with the Optima. The Sorento is Kia’s best-selling model with January through May sales of 51,765, up 23 percent.

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Sales for Kia in the U.S. increased 53 percent in May to 48,212 units – making it the brand’s best-ever sales month. Sales through May 2011 were up 45 percent to 200,060 units.

Kia hopes that the increase in production capacity eases some production strains on the plant, which has been running near full capacity for months.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News