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KIA Rolls First Sorento Off Assembly Line

WEST POINT, GA (WXTX) - Workers at the Kia Motors plant in West Point, Georgia celebrated the first car rolling off the production line Monday.

Kia employee Joe Cameron said, "We jump started this morning about 7:30 and we were up and running for full production today and now we're wide open."

"I'm very excited about the production going on today and starting off," said Kia worker Martez Grayson.

Employees from all over the globe gathered to watch the first 2010 Kia Sorento go through complete construction, including the president of the company. Grayson added, "He's going around, checking different departments and making sure everything is alright. He seems very satisfied with what's going on."

Randy Jackson, the Director of Administration at Kia, tells Fox 54 a lot of preparation was put into the finished product, "The entire workforce has finally come together to build a vehicle that is sellable to the public. Then each car thereafter is sellable as well."

Kia employee Rency Carreker said, "We've had plenty of test cars but when the first car came that kicked it off."

Jackson says the first SUV won't be for sale, "They'll get a chance to celebrate our first car coming off, maybe get a chance to have everyone sign the vehicle and usually it goes into a lobby or museum or something like that to keep."

Residents say this event acts as a final step in a boost to the local economy. West Point’s Mayor Drew Ferguson said, "It's a remarkable event. Three years of hard work are now coming to fruition and not only is Kia rolling the first car off the line but the city of West Point is open for business."

The 2010 Kia Sorentos will be shipped to dealerships at the start of next year, and then they will be available for purchase by the public.

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