June 28--International Auto Processing, located at the Port of Brunswick, will receive the first shipment of Kias from the company's new plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on Tuesday.
The Hyundai Glovis vessel, Glovis Sirius, left the port of Altamira on June 26. It will discharge 497 new Kia Forte vehicles at Brunswick.
Robert Miller, IAP's president and CEO, said the new imports will buoy their business at the port.
"Kia is an important part of the business we do at Brunswick, and we are pleased Glovis America has chosen IAP to process these new cars," Miller said. "Kia has been a valued customer since 2004, and since that time Kia has brought in over 940,000 new vehicles for IAP to process.
"Not only has that been beneficial for Glovis, Kia and IAP, but it has also been good for the Glynn County community."
The Kia plant in Nuevo Leon began production on May 17. The first model to be produced there is the Kia Forte, with about 100,000 being built the first year. When full production is reached, the plant will produce about 300,000 vehicles per year with about 80 percent of those vehicles being exported to the United States.
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