Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG), located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Ga., is the first North American manufacturing site for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. 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.
KMMG started mass production of its first product, the Sorento, on Nov. 16, 2009. KMMG began production of the Optima on Sept. 2, 2011. Following a series of expansions, KMMG increased its capacity to 360,000 vehicles per year with three shifts of production in 2012.
KMMG currently employs more than 3,000 team members. With the addition of local suppliers and the multitude of different employment opportunities, more than 15,000 jobs have been created in the surrounding area due to KMMG’s arrival.
Always focused on making today better than yesterday, KMMG team members strive to build top quality into each vehicle produced at the plant and truly exemplify a one system, one team commitment to the plant and the community. Some recent milestones include:
- On March 29, 2016, the plant celebrated the production of two million vehicles.
- On June 22, 2016, Kia Motors was ranked number one in the auto industry for Initial Quality by J.D. Power after placing in the top 10 for the first time in 2013 and placing second in 2015. It was the first time a non-premium brand placed first in 27 years.
- Continued dedication to our local students and workforce with $2.1 million committed for STEM education through the SAE Foundation’s A World in Motion Program and more than $3.5 million committed to the THINC College and Career Academy.
- Partnership with The Ray for continued innovations between Exit 2 and 18 along Interstate 85 which included a solar powered charging station for electric vehicles installed in October 2015 and the installation of a pneumatic tire monitoring system and tread depth measuring system in December 2016. Both systems were installed at the Visitor Information Center in West Point.