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Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia suspending production March 30

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point is suspending production for two weeks, effective Monday, March 30.

The company announced the decision in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

“In response to the unprecedented situation arising with the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and supply chain concerns, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) will suspend production at its West Point, Ga. facility effective Monday, March 30. Operations will be halted for two weeks, including a previously planned shutdown April 6-10 for new model equipment changes. Production is planned to resume on Monday, April 13,” the press release said.

“While operations are suspended, KMMG will perform additional cleaning and disinfecting processes of work stations throughout the plant. The adjustment will also provide team members with time for adjusting personal and family priorities related to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. KMMG will continue to closely monitor the situation and follow guidelines set by local, state and federal authorities.”

KMMG employees will be paid during the stoppage, according to Patrick Sands,  manager of team relations at KMMG.

Earlier in the week, five KMMG employees were in self-quarantine after possibly being exposed to COVID-19. Sands said Tuesday that KMMG has no confirmed cases. KMMG had  stopped production Thursday and Friday of last week due to a supply chain issue.