Kia Suspends Operations at Georgia Plant Due to Fire

Kia Motors has decided to suspend the operations of its plant in Georgia, the United States, for two days because of a fire at one of its parts suppliers, a spokesman said on Monday.

The fire broke out last Saturday at Daehan Solution's plant in Georgia. The plant has the exclusive right to supply headliner materials, car floor mats, and noise-absorbing materials for the Kia Optima (K5 in Korea) and Sorento as well as Hyundai's Santafe.

No casualties occurred because the fire broke out in the early morning hours, but half of the premises reportedly burned down. Kia said it will be some time before production can resume as normal.

Daehan Solution, which produces noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) system products for cars, has plants in the U.S.' Georgia and Alabama as well as in Yantai, China, where Kia and Hyundai plants are located.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 20, 2012 10:57 KST