Mando America recruiting more than 70 workers for its auto parts plant in Meriwether County

Auto parts manufacturer Mando America Corp. is looking for workers to staff its second plant in Meriwether County, north of Columbus.

The South Korean company is planning a recruiting event 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at its casting facility in Meriwether Park at 955 Meriwether Park Drive, Hogansville, which is the address for the park that sits on the border of Meriwether and Troup counties.

Georgia Labor Department spokesman Sam Hall said more than 70 jobs are being filled. They are for the first shift, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

At its initial plant in Meriwether Park, Mando makes steering, brake and suspension components for several auto companies, including Kia and Hyundai, both of which have large manufacturing plants in west Georgia (West Point) and east Alabama (Opelika). The casting facility is just now getting up and running.

The labor department, which will help with the hiring, said positions available include finishing casting processing operator, melting and molding operators, quality technician and inspector, lab operator and technicians, inventory team leader, stock clerk and mobile equipment operator.Those under 18 years of age and with no heavy manufacturing experience need not apply.

The latest auto industry recruitment follows a recent calculation by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia that its presence has created more than 14,000 jobs in the region. Kia’s main assembly plant is located in West Point, near the Alabama border, having opened in November 2009.

Kia itself has more than 3,000 workers on its three-shift payroll. The South Korean automaker estimated 7,000 more people are employed at parts suppliers in west Georgia, and another 4,000 in east Alabama.

The Kia Sorento, Kia Optima and Hyundai Santa Fe are assembly at the West Point complex.

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