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Kia builds underground storm shelters

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   Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia located in West Point has installed ten underground storm shelters to protect its employees in the event of a serious weather event.

   The shelters can withstand an F5 tornado, according to Kia.  The shelters are placed near each of its buildings and can hold up to 100 employees each.  Kerry Franks, assistant manager of the Facilities Department at the Kia plant, says, "Based on the number of team members and suppliers onsite per shift, the underground shelters and interior shelters inside each building will provide adequate space for everyone in the event of a storm."  The units include chemical restrooms and generators that provide lights and forced air circulation.  
 
   Randy Jackson, senior vice president of human resources and administration, adds, "While we hope we never have to use them, the weather is sometimes unpredictable and can change instantly.  With that in mind, and storms that have hit nearby, we want to ensure that team members will be safe onsite in the event of disastrous weather."

   Jackson says Kia will continue installing additional underground storm shelters in the coming months. 

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