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A show on the road - Feature Stories
December 2013 Issue
When Kia Motors opened its manufacturing plant in Troup County in 2009, it brought with it 3,000 jobs. Soon, suppliers for the plant, which rolls 360,000 vehicles off the assembly line each year, moved into the area, bringing an additional 7,000 jobs. The investment has paid off for the west Georgia county. Between 2000 and 2011 the median household income increased by 24 percent, from $31,886 to $39,664. Median house or condo values grew from $80,000 to $128,337 during the same time period. Kia last year announced it would spend $1.6 billion over the next 16 years for new machinery at the plant to keep up with U.S. demand for the Korean car maker’s vehicles. Kia now has 8.7 percent of the U.S. automobile market share compared to 4 percent in 2006. “Every single car you see has already been sold to a dealer,” Kia Public Relations Specialist Faith Jones says as she leads 40 new UGA faculty members on a …
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