Weighing Kia's Interest

The Kia automotive company reportedly has interest in locating a plant in east Mississippi, but there are indications from Washington that getting it here is not a sure thing.

Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott said Thursday that he is not confident that Kia's ownership has been completely straightforward about the automaker's intentions.

"Sometimes, what you see isn't what you get. In other words, I'm always leery. Was there a reason why they jumped out there and made this announcement the way that they did early on? It made me nervous, to tell the truth," said Lott in a conference call with Mississippi reporters. "I'd rather have kept a lower profile, but they did say that and we need to try to help them fulfill their commitment."

Earlier this year, Kia said that Mississippi was its favorite spot to build a new North American plant.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said that a site near Meridian was the site in which Kia was looking.


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