ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that Hyundai Dymos is opening a manufacturing plant in West Point to supply Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG). The official announcement of the new facility will create 350 manufacturing jobs with an about $35 million investment.
The plant will be located in West Point near KMMG and is scheduled to be completed by July 2014. The company will begin hiring in January 2014 and will begin normal production in November 2014.
“Hyundai Dymos is one of numerous Korean companies to settle in Georgia, which highlights Korea’s confidence in our business environment and the importance of building international relationships,” said Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Projects like this don’t happen without the trust built through relationships – whether they’re international relationships or community ones.”
Founded in 1994 in South Korea, Hyundai Dymos manufactures manual transmissions, axles and seats for automobiles. The West Point plant will manufacture seats for the new Kia Sorento. Hyundai Dymos will use Georgia Quick Start to train its employees for its manufacturing needs.
“The objective of this project is to further improve the competitiveness of KMMG by providing a steady and reliable supply of auto parts for KMMG’s continually increasing production,” said Jun Mo Yoon, representative director of Hyundai Dymos. “We chose West Point because of the proximity to our customer base, but also because of the extraordinary support and interest by the local communities. The City of West Point and Troup County worked very closely with us to resolve any start-up issues. They truly are committed to building a business-friendly environment, and we feel that we have become good partners.”
Wylly Harrison was the lead project manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which partnered with the City of West Point Development Authority, the Valley Partnership and the Development Authority of LaGrange. The project was also assisted by David Lyons of West Point Development Authority and Hee-jung Shin of GDEcD’s office in Seoul, South Korea.
“The City of West Point is pleased to welcome Hyundai-Dymos to our community. Their commitment to create 350 jobs and initially invest $36 million will have a positive impact in West Point and the West Georgia region,” said West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson. “We are grateful for the partnership with, and support of, the State of Georgia and Troup County, which has made this project possible. We look forward to having Hyundai-Dymos as part of our success story.”