Georgia Ports Authority


A story of automotive growth and success

"The Georgia Ports Authority has been instrumental in our success. Any time we have needed them, they have been able to respond immediately, and by working together as one team — KMMG, our team members and the ports — we ensure a very bright future for all of us."
- Randy Jackson •Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration • KIA


Photo: 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. 


KIA’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.  The facility assembles two of Kia’s best-selling vehicles in the U.S. — the Optima and Sorento CUV — with automotive parts and components sourced locally and globally, which makes a successful partnership with the GPA a vital part of the fast-growing automaker’s success.

“More customers purchased a new Kia vehicle in 2014 than ever before, and to keep up with the record-setting demand KMMG operates three shifts, 24 hours a day, and our lean manufacturing approach requires ongoing parts delivery to facilitate ‘just in time’ production,” said Randy Jackson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. “The Georgia Ports Authority has been able to accommodate the demands of our rigorous schedule and allowed KMMG, and the Kia brand, to thrive.”