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Kia to reopen plant Wednesday after weekend fire at Daehan

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) -

Both the main Kia plant and Daehan Solution in West Point have shut down operations for two days. Early Saturday, a  fire tore through Daehan Solution - halting production and leaving employees out of work.

"As a result of this fire, we've canceled production for all shifts Monday and Tuesday. That's hourly team members who would be working on the line. Now, we still have quite a few people working as many as possible. So, really our teams are working around the clock right now so that we can come back to work as quickly as possible," Kia representative Corinne Hodges said.

Right now, both plants are scheduled to be closed for two days.  Hodges says Daehan Solutions is a major supplier. They make metal car parts that protect drivers from the engine and electrical wiring. She says Kia is currently searching for an alternative source to get production back up and running.

"Daehan Solutions is a provider of headliners and that's a key ingredient in building the vehicle. So, we're able to look around and find some alternatives. [We're] working quickly to replenish that supply line as quickly as possible."

News Leader 9 spoke with some employees who say they have to use their paid time off to compensate for the missed days.  If they do not have the time, they will not get paid for the time off.

Daehan Solution declined to comment at this time. They say they do not want to alarm their employees or the community before they have a set plan in motion.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

News Leader 9 will continue following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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