Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG), the plant that produces the Kia Sorento crossover and Optima sedan, celebrated today as a Snow White Pearl 2014 Sorento SXL rolled off the assembly line at the 2,259-acre site, marking the one-millionth Kia to be produced on US soil.

Located in West Point, Georgia, KMMG was Kia Motors America's first manufacturing plant in the US and represented an initial investment of $1 billion. The plant started producing the 2011 Sorento on November 16, 2009 and is responsible for the creation of 11,000 jobs in West Point and the surrounding region. Production of the Optima sedan, Kia's best-selling car in the US for the past 18 months, started at the factory in 2011, and, in 2012, the completion of a $100 million expansion upped annual vehicle production capacity to 360,000.

"Building one million vehicles in less than four years is a tremendous achievement and one that each one of our more than 3,000 team members can take great pride in," said Byung Mo Ahn, Group President and CEO for Kia Motors America and KMMG.

The one-millionth vehicle to roll out of KMMG, the white 2014 Sorento pictured above, will be sold in one of Kia's 765-plus US dealerships. Check out the press release below.
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KIA MOTORS MANUFACTURING GEORGIA REACHES ONE MILLION U.S.-BUILT VEHICLES MILESTONE

WEST POINT, Ga., July 11, 2013 – Today, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) celebrated as the one millionth vehicle – a snow white pearl 2014 Sorento SXL – rolled off the assembly line at the West Point, Ga. automobile manufacturing facility.

Representing an initial investment of $1 billion, mass production of the Sorento CUV began at KMMG on November 16, 2009. Together with on-site and local suppliers, the plant is responsible for the creation of more than 11,000 jobs in West Point and the surrounding region. A $100 million expansion completed in early-2012 increased annual capacity to 360,000 vehicles and the Optima mid-size sedan, which was added to the line in 2011, has been Kia's best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for 19 consecutive months.

"Building one million vehicles in less than four years is a tremendous achievement and one that each one of our more than 3,000 team members can take great pride in," said Byung Mo Ahn, Group President and CEO for Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. "People are the heart and soul of this company, and our team members' commitment to world class quality is one of the major driving forces behind Kia's unprecedented sales and market share growth in the U.S. over the last few years."

The one millionth Sorento will be allocated to one of Kia Motors America's more than 765 dealerships nationwide.

About KMMG
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. With an annual capacity of 360,000 units, KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009. KMMG is home to the Sorento CUV and the Optima mid-size sedan, two of the brand's top selling models in the U.S.


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      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      While many people have their different opinions on Kia, it makes me happy to see this achievement. I think we can all agree that, while many people doubt the reliability of Kia's, we are all happier seeing them on the road over the typical Honda & Toyota. Plus, the fact that they've given jobs to all those people is pretty cool. Good job, Kia!
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        I'd rather have an accord sport with a 6 speed over a Kia. Might not look as nice but that's just superficial, it drives a hell of a lot better. Now a Camry...? No thanks.
          Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          While it may drive better, my point was that it looks better. :)
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          Looks aren't everything but they are subjective. I'm not a fan of Kia styling and thats my own opinion. I would rather have something thats reliable and looks good doing it (which knocks out Kia, Toyota, Honda, Nissan & GM).
      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Georgia used to have 2 high paying UAW auto plants in metro Atlanta and now has one low paying Kia plant out in the sticks. Can't say that's progress. Union fighting Georgia has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation AND low wages. Tennessee, Mississippi, North and South Carolina aren't any better. Volkswagen wants a union in it's Chattanooga factory and the backward state of Tennessee fights them but at least the employees can keep guns in their cars while in the factory parking lot.
        Sergio Alvarado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
        UAW troll alert!!
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        @MAX
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        @MAX
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        TruthHertz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
        Most of the people at the Kia factory are making $17/hr doing UNSKILLED labor, and many others with experience are making $25/hr or more for more UNSKILLED labor. They are also working in a brand new building with all the latest perks. Must be horrible...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
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      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always predicted that the USA will become a third world country like Mexico or any asian country Foreigners are coming to your country for cheap labour to build cheap products for poor people...If that's what you Americans call progress and bright future, you will be in a GREAT BIG SURPRISE...the results of this are already showing in the low ,inferior American worker qualifications, wages, benefits etc...you people with the help of your southern republican politicians will turn the entire country into a huge Wall Mart junk for the poor and underpaid...Congratulations USA for becoming a 3rd. world country at the same accelerated rate as the asians are becoming 1st. world countries.
        Puck
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        I suggest you travel the world before you spew hatred.
        Awhattup
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        WHITE POWER
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        @mikoprivat
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      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's give all the high paying engineering and development jobs to state socialist Korean government motors so we can have poor paying hollow manufacturing jobs.
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        @MAX
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      navypond
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do the Toyota/Honda fanboys & domestic car fanboys have to come here & write hate comments??? KIA is providing us consumers with more choice with good cars at a good price, with good reliability, design, safety, & warranty, and providing jobs for Americans & strengthening the local economy. So then what exactly is KIA doing wrong that you guys have to all come here & throw a fit like an immature child?
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @navypond
        Same reason haters show up in domestic topics, past reputations. It takes time to build a brand and ruin a brand. Clearly the Koreans and domestics are rebuilding immensely. Many including me are waiting to see how the current products fair in 10-15 years time that will speak volumes. I think it will be ok still seeing the occasional Sephia even today.
        richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @navypond
        If non-union, low wage temp jobs are the future you want for America, then go ahead and support them. They`re no better than the other foreign transplants. If they "strengthen" the local economy with a couple thousand part-time jobs, they do more damage to the American middle-class standard of living as a whole. Buy American, help save our middle class.
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @navypond
        navypond, it's the UAW trolls like Little Richard with their hate comments
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        steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yet most Kia and Hyundai models are imported from Korea..... Kia imports the Soul, Rio, Forte, Sportage, and Sedona. Hyundai imports the Genesis, Accent, Veloster, Azera, Tucsan, Veracruz and Equus.
      Tim
      • 1 Year Ago
      Being in the automotive industry, I think It's great that KIA has built 1 million vehicles in THIS country in under 4 years. Maybe they don't pay as much as a union plant, but they pay and they pay AMERICANS. Granted they still don't have as many plants inAmerica as the "Big Three", but at least they're here. The way I see it, if I buy a KIA, Toyota, Honda, whatever, that is built in America by Americans then I've bought an American car and supported American workers. Who cares if it has a Korean or Japanese name on it, if It's built here by Americans then It's American. Way to go KIA, and congratulations on 1 million.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would say Kia and Hyundai came a long way, but they still lack originality. They will never be at the top unless they throw away their business style of cut and paste and volume sale for a cheaper price. Very common practice in their country.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kudos Kia.
      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is this some big deal? Wal-Mart employs a lot of low-wage temp workers also.
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        Poor Little Richard. You sound like a butthurt UAW troll spewing your propaganda.
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