A top-tier Kia supplier will bring 310 jobs to Harris County, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced today.
Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls will build a 130,000-square-foot facility on 20 acres at the Northwest Harris Business park. The plant is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2009.
The company will manufacture complete seat systems and door panels for Kia, which is building an automotive plant in West Point, Ga. The Kia plant will go into production in November 2009.
"Johnson Controls is pleased to support our customer, Kia, as it expands its operations into the United States and the state of Georgia," Beda Bolzenius, president of Johnson Controls' Automotive Experience business, said in a statement. "We also want to thank local and state government officials, as well as the Valley Partnership for their important role in helping us to establish a manufacturing plant and bring jobs to the West Point community."
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Including Johnson Controls, Kia suppliers will create 2,600 jobs in West Georgia in addition to the 2,500 jobs at the Kia plant, according to the governor's office.