Bryan County megasite
The Bryan County Mega Site is 2,284 acres and is adjacent to I-16 and has rail service connected. The site in the unincorporated Ellabell area sits within a few miles of boundaries for Bulloch, Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties. Credit: Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority

Georgia could be the site of another electric vehicle manufacturing plant. State officials are in talks with South Korean car company Hyundai, the parent company for Kia, to build a factory in Bryan County outside Savannah.

This story also appeared in Georgia Public Broadcasting

Once complete, the plant would bring an estimated 8,500 jobs to the area. Other details, including projected costs or a formal announcement date, are unknown.

The potential site, in north Bryan County near Ellabell, is a megasite located just off I-16 and I-95, with connections to the Port of Savannah. The state bought the site last July.

Gov. Brian Kemp said he has been working with international leaders to bring more business to Georgia.

“There was a reason I made my first economic development trip to South Korea and visited with great companies like Kia and Hyundai and a lot of others,” he said. “You know, we’ve got a great partnership with them and a lot of other South Korean companies and we have for a long time.”

That partnership includes electric vehicle battery maker SK Innovations which is currently building two new production facilities in Jackson County.

Hyundai isn’t new to Georgia. The car company opened its first U.S manufacturing site in West Point under the Kia brand back in 2006.

The new plant would further push Georgia ahead of other states in the Southeast as a regional hub for the emerging EV industry. A year end report from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy listed Georgia as first in the region for manufacturing employment and second for manufacturing investment.

This story comes to The Current GA through a reporting partnership with GPB News, a non-profit newsroom covering the state of Georgia.

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Amanda Andrews is a general assignment reporter and Georgia Today newsletter writer for GPB News. She previously worked at KUNC as a Morning Edition producer and backup host.