Kia makes $38,000 donation to the city of West Point

As the Kia Motors assembly plant in West Point gears up to begin mass production next month, the South Korean car marker is saying thank you to the city of West Point.

Kia donated $38,000 to the city for improvements in city resources and development, according to a Kia news release.

Kia "could not ask for a better partner than the City of West Point,” said Randy Jackson, Director of Human Resources and Administration for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in a prepared statement. “Without the help, support and cooperation of the entire city, we would not have been able to make the progress we have up to this point. Teamwork is such an important part of everything we do at KMMG and nothing embodies the very essence of that philosophy more than our relationship with the City of West Point.”

West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson IV was thankful for the donation.

“We all recognize how fortunate we are to have this wonderful partnership with such a great company right here in West Point,” said Ferguson. “The city will continue to use every resource we have available to support KMMG.”

The company has hired more than 1,200 people to work in the plant, which is scheduled to begin production of the 2011 Sorento CUV in mid November.