South Korean automotive supplier Hanil E-Hwa Co. Ltd. will invest $8.45 million to start a factory in Georgia to injection mold door trim, painted interior door parts and wheel caps for the new Kia Motors Corp. plant, Georgia officials said.
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the news July 15. Hanil E-Hwa will create 173 jobs during the next three years, he said. The company will locate in a 173,354-square-foot building in LaGrange, Ga., in western Georgia near the Kia assembly plant.
The governor's office said the injection molder should begin production in October. Plastics-related details, including the number of presses, were not available. An official of the South Korean supplier's other U.S. operation, Hanil E-Hwa Interior Systems Alabama LLC in Selma, Ala., did not respond to questions for this story.
Kia held grand-opening ceremonies at its assembly plant in West Point, Ga., in February. Kia's facility, along with Hyundai Motor Co.'s 5-year-old factory in Montgomery, Ala., have attracted many suppliers establishing a U.S. center of car production for South Korean automakers.
Perdue said Kia and its suppliers have created nearly 3,000 jobs in the region.
Georgia's Quick Start workforce-training program will help Hanil E-Hwa prepare new employees for work at the LaGrange factory. The state provides the training for free as an incentive for companies to create new jobs.
We [are] excited to expand our U.S. operations, and take advantage of the highly skilled workforce in this region, said Yang Suk Ryo, a representative of Hanil E-Hwa.
Seoul-based Hanil E-Hwa makes automotive trim, such as door and pillar trims, head liners, package trays and shelves, and seating assemblies.
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