The Kia Motors Manufacturing Plant in West Point, Georgia, recently hit a production milestone: The factory’s 300,000th vehicle rolled off the assembly line. The milestone vehicle was a silver Kia Sorento SX.
Kia’s only North America plant opened in 2009 to build the Sorento SUV, which was later joined by the Hyundai Santa Fe. Starting this fall, the facility will also build the Kia Optima sedan. In order to add Optima production, Kia will hire about 700 more workers and increase the plant’s production capacity to 360,000 vehicles annually.
Vehicle production at West Point has been on an upward swing: after the first Sorento rolled off the line in November 2009, the plant built its 100,000th vehicle in September 2010. Now just 10 months later, the factory has reached the 300,000-car mark. If Kia’s plans for expansion go as planned, even more vehicles will be rolling off the assembly line in Georgia.