Kia Motors in West Point, Ga., is to resume production at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after a weekend fire damaged the Daehan Solution plant that supplies parts to the automaker.
Kia had to cancel all three of its production shifts for Monday and Tuesday after the Saturday fire extensively damaged the Daehan plant at 791 N. Progress Parkway in West Point. Salaried and maintenance workers were told to report to work those two days.
Firefighters responding about 5 a.m. Saturday found flames erupting through the roof of the factory's northwest corner, and immediately summoned aid from other agencies. The blaze already was so well advanced that firefighters had to take a defensive posture in containing it.
West Point City Manager Ed Moon said about 50 firefighters and a dozen fire trucks were involved, and contained the blaze to the manufacturing plant's original structure, about 140,000 square feet.
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The $35 million plant employs about 300 people.
Kia has a hotline workers can call for updates. The number is 706-902-7777, and callers should punch option 3.