Kennesaw State delegation visits Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia
Asian Studies orchestrates opportunity to view Korean auto maker's first U.S….
Georgia (Nov 16, 2011) —
A delegation of 24 Kennesaw State officials and faculty members had a chance to witness state-of-the-art auto manufacturing on Nov. 4 during a tour of the $1 billion Kia Motors plant that opened in West Point, Ga., in February 2010.
Representatives of Kennesaw State's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Coles College of Business, Bagwell College of Education, Institute for Global Initiatives, Confucius Institute and India China America Institute observed plant operations that include state-of-the-art robots, assembly lines, and testing equipment. The tour was organized by the Asian Studies Program.
Barry Morris, vice provost for global engagement and strategic initiatives at Kennesaw State, said he anticipates a long-term partnership with Kia that will create study abroad, internship and scholarship opportunities for students with an interest in Asian Studies.
Keun Sik Kim, senior vice president of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc., said the plant currently produces 59 vehicles per hour or 300,000 vehicles per year. A $100 million upgrade will be completed in 2012 and is expected to bring the production capacity to 68 vehicles per hour or 360,000 vehicles per year with three shifts of workers operating 24 hours per day. The plant employs 3,700 workers, most of them from Georgia.
"It was a great honor for us to be invited by Kia officials to visit their manufacturing plant," said May Gao, associate professor of communication and Asian Studies coordinator. "We anticipate many Asian-owned companies in the U.S., such as Kia to provide support for our Asian Studies program as we educate KSU students to be more globally competitive, especially with regard to knowledge about Asia."
For more information about Kennesaw State's Asian Studies Program, please visit: http://asianstudies.hss.kennesaw.edu/ For more information about Kia Motors' Georgia plant, please visit: http://www.kmmgusa.com/
-- Based on a report by Montye Edwards, graduate student, Master of Arts in Integrated Global Communication Program at Kennesaw State
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