LaGrange-Troup County has experienced many economic successes over the last few years. Much of the success can be attributed to an engaged Mayor and City Council that help foster a positive business environment as well as a strong partnership between the City, LaGrange Economic Development Authority, and LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce.
Over the last 20 years, Kia Motors’ rise in the U.S. is one of the most successful growth stories the auto industry has seen, and the brand’s success is due in large part to its U.S. assembly plant – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) – which has produced over 1.5 million vehicles in West Point, Ga. since 2009. Team members at the facility assemble two of Kia’s best-selling vehicles in the U.S. – the Optima midsize sedan and Sorento CUV – with automotive parts and components sourced locally and globally, which makes a successful partnership with the Georgia Ports Authority a vital part of the fast-growing automaker’s success.
In 2014, KMMG produced over 40-percent of all Kia vehicles sold in the U.S., helping Kia become the 8th largest auto brand by sales volume. Together with on-site and local suppliers, the state-of-the-art plant – which represents an investment of more than $1.1 billion – is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 jobs in West Point and the surrounding areas.
Incentives for Kia included: about $131 million in local tax abatements; another $250 million in state tax incentives; a $20 million training center to house the QuickStart program dedicated to training Kia’s workforce; and a rail spur from the nearby CSX line, because 80 percent of the cars will be shipped out by rail.
Seoyon E Hwa Interior Systems
Seoyon E Hwa Interior Systems Georgia Inc. located to Georgia in 2010 as part of the Kia Motors supplier network and has continued to expand here. Located in the LaGrange Industrial Park, the company provides a variety of auto parts to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, including interior systems, panels and bumpers.
“LaGrange and Georgia continue to be strategic partners in the worldwide growth of our company,” said Eddie Mabe, senior manager of Human Resources for Seoyon E Hwa Interior Systems Georgia Inc. “We are pleased to continue to invest in the area and look forward to many years of success.”
“Seoyon E Hwa has been a vital part of the automotive cluster that contributes to Georgia’s leadership in the manufacturing industry,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Georgia’s rich history in automotive manufacturing, coupled with an exceptional workforce and low cost of doing business, creates the perfect environment for companies such as Seoyon E Hwa to expand and grow.”