KIA CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF U.S. CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS AND STATE-OF-THE-ART DESIGN CENTER
Ceremony Marks Completion of a Kia U.S. Corporate Campus
IRVINE, Calif., Jun 24, 2008 – Today, Byung Mo Ahn, organisation boss and CEO of Kia Motors America (KMA) and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), was assimilated by internal and state member for a grand opening rite of a new 21.7-acre Kia U.S. corporate campus in Irvine, Calif. The $130-million investment includes a Kia Motors America Corporate Headquarters and state-of-the-art Kia Design Center America (KDCA).
“The investment in a new corporate campus reaffirms a joining to a United States marketplace and California,” pronounced Ahn. “Our new U.S. Corporate Headquarters and Design Center enables us to rise products privately for Kia that are designed and tuned for North American consumers.”
Now entirely operational, a Irvine campus now employs approximately 400 permanent full-time employees and has a intensity to residence approximately 600 employees during full capacity. The corporate domicile is a custom-built trickery that is home to a KMA U.S. sales division, as good as a marketing, open relations, consumer affairs, technical service, investigate and development, product formulation and administration departments. The new trickery also houses a KMA western segment bureau and IT services.
“We determined a operations in Orange County 15 years ago, and as a association has grown, so has a participation in California,” combined Ahn. “This is a special day as we applaud a permanent home in Irvine and demeanour brazen to a continued success in a U.S. market.”
The state-of-the-art, 100,700-square-foot pattern core was grown with extensive submit from a Kia Motors U.S. pattern group to safeguard an aesthetically appreciative and physically organic blueprint that encourages creativity. It consists of a pattern studio, a displaying studio that allows adult to 8 automobile models to be worked on simultaneously, a logging emporium that facilities a Zimmerman computerized logging machine, a 2-D display room, a tone and trim room, a wood/metal shop, a 3-D display room that facilities clearstory windows to concede for observation indoors underneath healthy light, a paint booth, a private outside observation courtyard, a distraction room, a investigate library, 4 discussion bedrooms and a secure, subterraneous garage.
“By substantiating a initial Kia-exclusive U.S. pattern core in Irvine, we can take advantage of a extensive pattern talent and impulse supposing by a Southern California automobile enlightenment in a organic sourroundings set adult to maximize a designers abilities and creativity,” pronounced Tom Kearns, Kia Motors U.S. arch designer. “KDCA will furnish stylish, new vehicles that will impact a new pattern instruction for Kia Motors worldwide.”
The Irvine corporate campus was designed by Skidmore, Owings Merrill LLP in partnership with a City of Irvine to offer as a particular architectural gateway to a city and an instance of eco-friendly features. The 239,000-square-foot complicated potion and steel categorical structure facilities a 36,000-square-foot reflecting pool manifest to drivers on Interstate 5. Kia was one of a initial companies in Irvine to willingly implement a bioswale complement in a parking lot to mislay sediment and wickedness from aspect H2O runoff. The landscaping facilities drought-resistant plants, and reclaimed H2O is used for landscaping irrigation and toilets. The extraneous potion of a building meets a California Energy Commissions mandate for appetite potency standards.
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is a sales, selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 640 dealers via a United States. For 2007, KMA accessible a 14th uninterrupted year of record U.S. sales. Kia Motors subscribes to a truth of building high value, high quality, protected and energetic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are sparkling and enabling and elicit a Kia tagline “The Power to Surprise.”
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