In West Point, locals had barely gotten a chance to get used to prospects of Apple being associated with the little west Georgia city. Mayor Steve Tramell said “it would have been phenomenal to have that kind of boost in our community” and called the latest news “very disappointing.”
Still, he predicted the community will continue to do well with Kia. Tramell said the city of 3,600 balloons by 10,000 people daily with workers at Kia and its suppliers.
Georgia officials have been informed of the latest regulatory filings by the automakers. State officials had stressed last week that any partnership agreement between the companies had not been finalized.
Still, Gov. Brian Kemp had said on Thursday that he welcomed the possibility of Apple-branded vehicles being produced locally.
“Kia’s commitment to excellence and its strong partnership with the state only strengthens Georgia’s status as a leader in technology, innovation and manufacturing,” he said at the time.
A Korean news agency had reported that Apple could invest $3.6 billion, with operations staring in 2024, according to Bloomberg.
-Staff reporter Greg Bluestein contributed to this report.