Communities eagerly await announcement on Kia plant

By: AP
By: AP

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A Hyundai subsidiary is expected to
announce construction of a 1.2 billion dollar assembly plant sometime next week. The plant could mean an estimated 25 hundred new jobs and likely result in an economic windfall for areas in west Georgia and east Alabama.

It was reported that the plant, the first Kia operation in the United States, would be constructed northeast of West Point, Georgia, near Interstate 85. The potential location is near the Alabama line - roughly a half-hour drive from the Opelika-Auburn area.

Kia's parent company, Hyundai Motor Company, opened a 1.1 billion dollar manufacturing facility south of Montgomery last year.

Another potential Georgia site for the plant lies in the Hogansville area, north of LaGrange. Other suitors for Kia include Decatur, Ala., Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Meridian, Mississippi, and Aiken, South Carolina. Construction on the chosen site is expected to begin by this summer.

Kia produces a handful of small to mid-size sedans, including the Amanti and Optima.

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