Kia Closes Georgia Plant Until Wednesday After Supplier Fire image

Recently Kia declared that it will shut down the West Point, Georgia factory, after a fire struck a nearby parts supplier, production being rescheduled to begin on Wednesday morning.

“Production is currently scheduled to resume at 6:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 21,” Kia said in a statement.

The Georgia facility, which operates three full shifts, produces Kia Optima sedan and Sorento crossover, as well as Hyundai’s Santa Fe crossovers, with an annual production capacity or over 300,000 units.

On Saturday, March 17th, a fire started at a factory owned by Daehan Solution due to a hot piece of metal which was not allowed to cool before being discarded. There were no injuries, but the damage was described the damage as “major,” including a partially collapsed roof.

“The fire had already vented the roof on the northwest corner of the building.” West Point Fire Chief Milton Smith was quoted on the report, with incident noted to have lasted for around 5 hours but no one was injured.

Kia, one of the fastest growing car makers in the United States, saw its monthly sales jump 37% to a new record high in February from 2011.