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GPA Marks Decade of Partnership with KIA

[ March 29, 2019   //   ]

Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia is now exporting Telluride SUVs through the Port of Brunswick. In Fiscal Year 2018 alone, KMMG moved more than 37,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units through the Port of Savannah.

During a board meeting held at the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Ports Authority recognized a decade of partnership between Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and GPA.

“Kia is one of our largest customers at the Port of Savannah, and a stellar example of the kind of advanced manufacturing going on across Georgia,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “At Georgia Ports, we are proud to support the positive impact Kia has on the state’s economy.”

Over the past decade, the automaker has shipped nearly 350,000 TEU container units through the Port of Savannah in support of its manufacturing plant near West Point, Ga. As one of GPA’s largest container customers, Kia’s volumes support thousands of jobs throughout Georgia’s transportation and logistics supply chain.

“From Kia’s initial investment of more than $1 billion to today, KMMG has proven a valuable asset to the strength and diversity of our economy,” said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “With the recent export of the first Kia Tellurides via Brunswick, the carmaker is opening up new global markets for goods made right here in Georgia.”

(Georgia Ports Authority photo by Stephen B. Morton)