Currently, all of Kia's operations are located overseas. But a new plant planned for the United States, whether located in Meridian, Miss., or not, would be the first by the automaker in this country.
This could bring new benefits to the American consumer.
"Anyone who's been scared off from buying an imported product, now can buy a domestic-made, American-made product that still has the
10-year, 100,000 mile warranty that Kia's become known for," said Paul Johnson, sales manager for Johnson Kia in Meridian.
Another benefit of this plant is for the existing Kia owners.
"I think it would make parts cheaper, faster, and easier to get with everything made here in the U.S.," said Johnson. "It would make everything cheaper and closer."