Kia Georgia started with one shift of workers producing the SUV Sorento vehicle. Soon a second shift was added with employment reaching around 2,000 workers.Last year, Kia announced it would begin assembling a second vehicle in West Point, the Optima car. The company began hiring for this expansion in February, and the first Optimas are expected to roll off the assembly line later this year.By the end of this year, Kia expects to have a workforce of 3,000.Kia also caused many suppliers to locate in Troup County and in other areas along the I-85 corridor. This week some of those suppliers say they are considering expanding their workforces to meet the demands of Kia assembling the Optima in West Point.Indeed, landing Kia has been the top new economic development news in our state. The gigantic plant itself and the spin-off suppliers have dramatically impacted the economic development landscape along the I-85 corridor from Atlanta to Montgomery.