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Ga. congressman Lynn Westmoreland visits Kia plant

WEST POINT, GA (WTVM) -

That is the sound of ramps being moved around at the rail yard at Kia's West Point facility. Rail distribution is one of the fastest growing means of shipping for the automobile giant.

Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland toured the plant today and led a discussion on the impact rail has had on Georgia's economy. Westmoreland says they are starting their rail push by strengthening the port in Savannah.

"We are working very hard to get the port of Savannah deepened and having a good railroad system a good distribution system is something that would be very important to that," said Westmoreland.

Already Kia ships 58 percent of its cars by CSX railways. CSX transports 60 rail cars a day and 25,000 cars a year from the Kia distribution center. This effort has created more than 6,000 jobs in Georgia and helped workers earn nearly $100,000 last year collectively.

"They were able to ship out before our expansion 300,000 cars a year and now they are shipping up to 360,000 which I'm told is full capacity for this plant," said Daniel Stout. 

Congressman Westmoreland says this is great effort despite the economy.

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