KIA Supplier Filling Hundreds of Jobs

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -  Construction is still underway at Sewon's brand new plant in LaGrange but the company hopes to start production by the end of this year. So in order to hire and train hundreds of new employees, Sewon has teamed up with some local organizations to assemble their workforce.

Sewon does stamping and welding of metal car parts and assembles those parts for KIA.

Today, the company announced that it has partnered with Quick Start to provide free training and the West Georgia Technical College for a major ramp-up of employment.

"We will hire 300 employees first. After that we will hire 400 more so that's a total of 700 people that we will hire. The quality of people here is very good so the hiring process is no problem," said Do Hyun Kim, President of Sewon America, Inc.

"Obviously, they're going to need trained, skilled graduates to fill those 700 positions and that's where Quick Start and West Georgia Technical College will play a significant part in that," said Perrin Alford, Provost, West Georgia Technical College.

But college credits and previous experience won't make or break your chance at getting hired.

"The company requires all applicants to have a high school diploma or equivalent and manufacturing experience is preferred but not required," said Sean McMillan with Georgia Quick Start.

Sewon's slogan is "If you dream it, you can do it" and they want to make that a reality for hundreds of people in our area.

"Given the dire circumstances of this economy, what a great story for LaGrange, Troup County, and Georgia to have a company that's hiring people instead of laying them off," added McMillan.

Sewon will be accepting applications next week on February 9, 10, and 11th at the Quick Start facility located at 303 Fort Drive, Building A, on the campus of West Georgia Technical College in LaGrange. The Georgia Department of Labor will be on location to accept and process the applicants between 8 AM and 9 PM in rooms C-3 and C-4.

For more information, you can also call the Georgia Department of Labor's Career Center at 706-845-4000.