Kia construction on target

WEST POINT, Ga. -- Kia officials showed off the construction of the new $2 billion automotive assembly plant Thursday.

The facility has been under construction for more than a year. It is scheduled to begin mass production in November 2009. The South Korean company has about 180 employees at its first U.S. plant.

There are more than 700 construction workers building the 2.4 million square-foot facility just off Interstate 85 less than five miles from the Alabama-Georgia state line.

Workers are being trained at a State of Georgia facility on the sprawling Kia complex. About 275 hourly workers will be hired and in the training process by the fall. They will spend three weeks outside Seoul training in addition to the QuickStart training they are receiving in West Point.