Kia supplier announced: 300 jobs for Harris County

A major Kia auto parts supplier has decided to build its plant in Harris County, creating 300 jobs and a $35 million capital investment, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said today.

South Korea-based DAEHAN Solution will build a 160,000-square-foot facility on 30 acres in Northwest Harris Business Park, supplying the main Kia auto assembly plant with noise, vibration and harshness system parts and components.

The 380-acre business park is about a mile from the West Point, Ga., city limits and less than six miles from the 2.4-million-square-foot Kia factory now under construction.

Kia Motors Corp., also headquartered in South Korea, is constructing its main plant with a target opening date of November 2009. It is expected to make the 2010 Sorento sports utility vehicle.

"DAEHAN Solution’s decision to locate in Georgia means that top-tier Kia suppliers are creating more than 2,300 jobs,” Purdue said in a statement released by his office. “I am proud that Kia’s decision to choose Georgia continues to bring interest and investment to our state.”

DAEHAN Solution Chairman Hoe-Hyun Kwon praises his company's partnership with Georgia and Harris County and this opportunity for what he called "mutual prosperity."

"We are very excited about this project in the Northwest Harris Business Park and plan to begin the construction process as soon as possible," Kwon said.

DAEHAN Solution has been serving Kia and its parent company, Hyundai, for years, the state said.

The main Kia auto plant is being constructed on more than 2,000 acres of land off Interstate 85 on the east side of West Point and minutes from LaGrange, Ga. West Point is situated near the Georgia-Alabama state line.

The $1.2 billion Kia facility will employ about 2,500 production and maintenance workers, with managerial and administrative staffers pushing the total closer to 3,000.

Altogether, the state said, Kia and its suppliers have announced more than 5,000 jobs in Georgia to date.