Hyundai, WGTC, Quick Start sign training agreement

Contributed report

June 28, 2014

Representatives from Quick Start, Hyundai DYMOS and West Georgia Technical College formalized their relationship as three distinct partners in a training program with a signing ceremony held Thursday at Quick Start’s LaGrange facility.

“Georgia was recently named the most competitive state in the nation by Site Selection magazine and the number one place for business in the nation by CNBC,” said Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia assistant commissioner for economic development programs and head of Quick Start. “The continuing growth of Georgia’s automotive industry with investment in the state from global leaders like Hyundai DYMOS is one reason why. We’re honored to help Hyundai DYMOS bring these new jobs to Georgia.”

Founded in 1994 in South Korea, Hyundai DYMOS manufactures manual transmissions, axles and seats for automobiles. In West Point, the company is creating a new facility where it will be building seats for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, expected to create 350 jobs.

Quick Start is developing job-specific training based on company-specific technology and visited a Hyundai DYMOS manufacturing facility that utilizes the same technology as the Georgia facility to document processes that will be replicated in Georgia.

“Thanks to Quick Start’s support of Hyundai DYMOS, we will be able to start our Georgia business much more easily,” said John Kim, president of Hyundai DYMOS Georgia.

While the new facility is under construction, Quick Start has designed and built a simulated conveyor system and production line at Quick Start’s LaGrange training facility. Hyundai DYMOS has provided equipment and raw materials so that new employees can begin getting hands-on training on the simulated production line before the plant is completed.

Quick Start has designed a comprehensive, customized training program that also includes a company orientation, plant safety, electronic work instructions and leadership skills. West Georgia Technical College, the third partner in the training agreement, will be available to provide ongoing workforce support and services to Hyundai DYMOS.

“West Georgia Technical College is pleased to partner with Quick Start in providing Hyundai DYMOS ongoing workforce development solutions,” said Steve Daniel, West Georgia Technical College president. “We look forward to supporting this partnership by producing skilled graduates and customized training that will deliver a competitive advantage for this region and its businesses.”