S. Korean auto molder opening US plant to supply Kia


South Korean automotive supplier Hanil E-Hwa Co. Ltd. will invest $8.45 million to start a factory in Georgia to injection mold door trim, painted interior door parts and wheel caps for the new Kia Motors Corp. plant, Georgia officials said.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the news July 15. Hanil E-Hwa will create 173 jobs over the next three years, he said. The company will locate in a 173,354-square-foot building in LaGrange, Ga., in western Georgia, near the Kia assembly plant.

The governor’s office said the injection molding should begin production in October. The plant will start with three injection presses -- one with clamping forces of 2000 tons, and two 850-ton presses, according to an official of the Korean supplier's...
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