Kia is shutting down the lines at its West Point, GA, factory today, after a fire struck a nearby parts supplier. According to Reuters, the Kia plant will be closed for two days, with production scheduled to resume on Wednesday morning.

Kia builds its Optima sedan and Sorento crossover at the Georgia facility, and it also provides its corporate cousin Hyundai with Santa Fe crossovers. The plant operates three full shifts and has an annual production capacity of over 300,000 vehicles.

The fire broke out at a factory owned by Daehan Solution on Saturday, according to a local TV report, which described the damage as "major," including a partially collapsed roof. Nobody was injured in the blaze, which is suspected to have started when a hot piece of metal was not allowed to cool before being discarded.

While a Kia spokesman told Reuters that the interruption would have a limited impact on sales, due to the plant's inventory, Hyundai officials can't be happy about the down time. Hyundai sales have been capacity constrained for months, as the company's rapid growth in recent years has led to speculation that it will soon be expanding its manufacturing operations in the U.S.


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      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only way this is even "news" is if you are operating under the principle of "availability heuristic" in order to raise the perception of certain brands in the minds of consumers. Which leads one to the logical conclusion that "the obsessive Hyundai / Kia and Nissan coverage continues....."
      mazeroni
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering the plant is running over 100% this has to be a significant set back even if it is for 2. Adding to that, I was under the impression that the optima was built in Korea. Guess not.