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Deal: State infrastructure fueled Kia jobs

POSTED: April 21, 2011 7:38 p.m.

Kia Motors’ West Point manufacturing plant received the equipment necessary for its expansion Monday. The equipment, which arrived in the Port of Savannah last week, was transported 300 miles to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc.

Some pieces of the machinery weigh up to 170 tons and required special arrangements for their transportation across the state. The equipment will now be assembled by its manufacturer and will stamp steel into 17 different types of vehicle body panels. The plant is expected to add 1,000 jobs.

“The efficient, multiload delivery of massive equipment for Kia’s new production line via Georgia’s transportation network symbolizes the critical role our logistics system plays in creating jobs in Georgia and the importance of investing in our infrastructure,” said Gov. Nathan Deal.

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