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Kia Thanks Quick Start, Donates 20 Sorentos to Technical Colleges

Quick Start and Georgia's technical colleges hailed as critical ingredients in Kia's success

West Point - In a ceremony held at the Kia Georgia Training Center in West Point, Ga., Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc. presented the Technical College System of Georgia with the keys to 20 all-new 2011 Kia Sorentos, which are produced at the company’s automotive manufacturing facility in West Point.

“KMMG deeply appreciates the support we continue to receive from Quick Start, the Technical College System of Georgia, the State of Georgia and Governor Sonny Perdue,” said KMMG President and CEO Byung Mo Ahn. “The donation of these vehicles is just one expression of our deep appreciation for all that Georgia’s technical college system has done to support our success.”

“The Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia Quick Start have been essential partners for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia from the very beginning of our project here in Georgia,” said Mr. K. S. Kim, senior vice president of KMMG. “Quick Start has been our number one partner as we’ve selected, hired and trained more than 1,700 Kia team members. As a small token of our appreciation, and to support technical education in Georgia, we are donating 20 Kia Sorentos to be used for training in technical college programs across the state.”

Kia first announced its intention to locate in Georgia in 2005. The Kia Georgia Training Center, designed and operated by Georgia Quick Start in partnership with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, opened in March 2008. KMMG’s manufacturing facility started production on the Kia Sorento in November 2009. Additional manufacturing companies continue to locate in Georgia to support Kia as well. Together, Kia and its supplier companies have created nearly 3,000 jobs in the region.

“Kia’s future workforce and the workforce for many more advanced manufacturing companies in Georgia are getting their technical education and training today at the technical colleges across Georgia,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. “These vehicles give these students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the latest technology as they prepare for their future careers here in Georgia.”

Kia donation group

Presidents and Automotive Technology representatives from 20 technical colleges, along with Mr. K. S. Kim, senior vice president of KMMG, and TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson, pose at the Kia Georgia Training Center with the 20 Sorentos being donated to the colleges for training purposes by KMMG.