Kia Motors Corp. will break ground on a new $1.2 billion assembly plant in Georgia on Oct. 20, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Sunday, putting to rest speculation that the South Korean company’s involvement in an embezzlement scandal could scuttle its expansion plans.
The plant will be the first in the United States for Kia when cars begin rolling off the assembly line in 2009. It’s expected to provide an economic boost to western Georgia.
Some 2,893 employees will work at the plant in West Point, near the Alabama border, and another 2,600 jobs will be created at nearby parts suppliers, according to company officials.