Kia’s West Point Plant to Expand

Great news for the South West region of Georgia and parts of Alabama.

Beginning late in September, Hyundai’s Santa Fe midsize SUV will be assembled alongside the related Kia Sorento at the automaker’s new assembly plant in West Point, Georgia.

Santa Fe production in Georgia will begin on September 27 and a full second shift will commence a few days later on October 1. Hyundai says that a total of 7,000 assembly and related workers will grow out of the current 1,700 that currently work in the region’s booming auto industry once the plant reaches its full capacity.

While this will surely draw a number of workers from Alabama, some will go to Georgia citizens – and hopefully they all choose to spend their checks here.  No matter how you slice it, this is good news – unless you fervently believe cutting taxes is a bad thing. Or if you are from Alabama.

h/t Left Lane News


  1. Dave Bearse says:

    It is good news, but how is it bad if you’re from Alabama? That’s where half or more of the employees or employment will be located though Georgia taxpayers are solely on the hook for the full $400M tax benefits tab.

    I’d speculate a quarter or more of the plant jobs will go to Alabamians, and most support businesses / manufacturing will locate in Alabama for proximity to other motor vehicle plants.

    • Ron Daniels says:

      Because they can no longer claim they make X vehicle. Granted they are replacing it in the factory they currently make it in.

      I mostly hate Alabama, you should too.

  2. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Since this plant was lured by “tax incentives” and now it’s supposed to bring “new revenue” to Georgia; is my property/sales/income tax going to be reduced?

  3. Rick Day says:

    It’s bad because it put all the eggs in one basket. One lucrative offer from a SE Asian firm to build the things, and you have a new Doraville GM dinosaur on your hands.

    Enjoy it while you can. I is big, shiny and will inevitably crumble to dust in a few decades. Until then..there are strikes, which often affect those who can least afford to miss work, racial tension that would probably go on in that building as ‘good white folk’ compete for supervisory positions against ‘good black folk’.

    Ugh. This is Sonny’s Legacy™? Wait..there IS the fishing docks…

    I’d rather have 500 midsize businesses employing 120 than one employing 7000

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