It has taken more than two years, but Columbus has landed its first industry directly connected to the Kia Motors Corp. auto assembly plant in nearby West Point, Ga.
Pochun, South Korea-based DongNam Tech is planning a 100,000-square-foot factory on 26 acres in Muscogee Technology Park, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's office said Thursday. The company will employ 350, investing $29 million into the facility.
DongNam Tech will go by the name DNT Georgia in the local venture.
The company, founded in 1990, manufactures carpet and floor mats for several automakers, including Hyundai Mobis, Kia Mobis, General Motors and Nissan.
“Automotive suppliers are flocking to West Georgia in order to provide services to Kia and the other automakers in the Southeast,” Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue said in a statement announcing the project. “The thriving business environment in Columbus offers prospects a strong work force and connected transportation network that make it a natural choice for companies such as DongNam Tech.”
DongNam Tech's products can be found in several Hyundai and Kia vehicle models, including the Sonata, Elantra, Sante Fe and the Sorento.
The Kia factory in West Point — about 45 minutes north of Columbus off Interstate 85 — is expected to make the redesigned 2010 Kia Sorento SUV when production begins in late 2009. The mother plant is capable of churning out 300,000 vehicles per year.
Read more about DNT Georgia and the jobs it will create in Friday's Ledger-Enquirer.