Recently Kia Motors announced that it resumes production at its West Point plant after it was temporarily shut down due to a severe fire over the weekend at a parts supplier factory.
On Wednesday, March 21st, the factory began production at 6:30 in the morning continuing the company’s plan to ramp up production at the main Kia facility.
“We’ve got a lot of folks working on alternative solutions here,” plant spokeswoman Corinne Hodges said. “There are other things we can do, and that’s why we’re planning to be in production on Wednesday. But I think that a permanent, stable solution is still working itself out.”
On Saturday, March 18th, Daehan plant at 791 N. Progress Parkway in West Point burst in flames, which were erupting through the roof of the Daehan factory’s northwest corner. West Point City Manager Ed Moon said about 50 firefighters and a dozen fire trucks were involved, and contained the blaze to the manufacturing plant’s original structure, about 140,000 square feet.
The Kia plant manufactures the Kia Sorento crossover utility vehicle, the Kia Optima sedan and the Hyundai Sante Fe sport utility vehicle, but because of the recent plant closure the “just in time” production will have to suffer.
“Just in time is a sensitive system. It has its advantages and disadvantages,” said Hodges, who conceded that everyday the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia plant is closed and not building cars, those are vehicles that the automaker isn’t selling.