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It appears Columbus has landed its first Kia supplier.

DongNam Tech Co. of South Korea will announce plans to build a $29 million plant in Columbus, according to state Sen. Seth Harp. It will create 350 new jobs. The location of the plant was not known.

The company will be known as DNT Georgia and located on 26 acres in Muscogee Technology Park.

The company manufacturers carpets and floor mats for Kia, Hyundai and General Motors.

Kia announced plans two years ago to build an automotive assembly plant in West Point, Ga., 40 miles north of Columbus. Harp was informed Thursday afternoon by Gov. Sonny Perdue's office of an upcoming announcement, expected later this afternoon.

The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the Development Authority of Columbus and the Valley Partnership have been actively recruiting Kia suppliers.

Chamber of Commerce President Mike Gaymon could not be reached for comment Thursday. He left Wednesday for a week-long trip to South Korea.

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Columbus Lose Kia Supplier b4 its ever built cost 350 potential jobs

Columbus has lost Kia supplier DongNam Tech and the estimated 350 jobs it was supposed to bring to the city, the Columbus Development Authority said Wednesday.

South Korea-based DonNam Tech Co. Ltd. has been purchased by another firm, NVH Korea, the authority said in a release from the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

K.B. Lee, president and CEO of DongNam Tech announced that the new owner has halted plans to open an automotive supply plant in Columbus, the authority said.

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