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Kia launches second-shift production line at West Point, Ga., plant

The West Point, Ga., Kia plant launched a second shift producing the Sorento Thursday, the company announced today

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia has produced 100,000 Sorentos since production began 10 months ago.

"The quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into building the Sorento from the entire KMMG team has helped make it the best-selling Kia vehicle in the United States,” said B.M. Ahn, group president and chief executive officer of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. “With the addition of our second shift we are building on that foundation to increase KMMG’s volume and increase our commitment to the U.S. and local economy.”

Workers for the new shift have been hired and trained over the last six months. There are now more than 2,000 people working at the Troup County facility. About 600 additional employees were hired for the second shift.

In addition to the Sorento, the plant will also assemble the Hyundai Santa Fe, a similar vehicle made by Kia's sister company. Production on the Sante Fe began this week, company officials announced.

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