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KIA starts production Monday

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WEST POINT, GA (WTVM) - Monday marks the official start of production at KIA in West Point, Georgia.

"Most of the facilities you see close to us are dedicated to us 100 percent," said Randy Jackson. With ground-breakings and ribbon cuttings to dozens of parts suppliers around the area, KIA Motors officials say the teamwork is really starting to show.

Jackson told News Leader Nine, "It's really like one big family within a short distance of here, where everybody has a piece of that vehicle. Whether its seats or hoods. Bolts, nuts, axles, whatever the case may be. Every person who works on our supply side or our side directly has ownership in that vehicle."

Monday marks the official kick-off to production at the West Point Kia plant, where workers at the facility will be making 2010 KIA Sorentos. Those cars are slated to roll off the lines at the beginning of the year.

Jackson says the existing 1,200 employees are excited about the start of production, and even happier to be employed with the company, "You wander around and walk to people and they are very appreciative to be here and proud to be part of this company. I personally like to see that being a strong leader here and being able to provide that to the company. I'm proud to see people happy here and I hope they're going to be here for a long time."

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