SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT2018-09-06T19:59:11+00:00



The SAC would not be possible without our amazing and dedicated sponsors. Each year, our sponsors help us create a bigger and better SAC for our exhibitors and attendees, ensuring a totally unique experience by lending show cars, bringing top-notch entertainment, and providing exciting event ideas and materials.

Explore this year’s top-level sponsors below and see what they’re doing to move our industry forward!

KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia


On March 13, 2006 Kia Motors announced that it was coming to West Point, Ga., the first automotive manufacturing site for Kia in North America. The $1 billion facility began production of its first vehicle, the Kia Sorento, on Nov. 16, 2009. The Sorento quickly became one of the brand’s top selling models. Currently, KMMG has approximately 2,700 team members and has directly led to the creation of another 11,000 jobs through suppliers and other affiliated companies. Kia has ranked number one in the automotive industry for two consecutive years according to JD Power’s Initial Quality Study. This includes the KMMG-built Sorento’s recognition as a segment winner in 2017.

KMMG has worked hard to build a reputation as a leader in the community with a focus on workforce development. More than $2.1 million has been contributed to bring SAE’s STEM-based “A World In Motion” Program to local kindergarten-8th grade classrooms. Additionally, KMMG has provided more than $3.5 million to launch the THINC College and Career Academy in Troup County, allowing students to begin career paths in a variety of areas while also earning technical college certifications and college credits while still in high school.

As part of The Ray, KMMG is taking its role as a steward of the environment seriously. The Ray (located on I-85 between Exits 2 and 18) is meant to be a proving ground for green technology. KMMG and Kia Motors America have brought that technology to life with the installation of a solar powered charging station for electric vehicles and the installation of a solar powered tire pressure monitoring system.

In addition to the Sorento, KMMG is also the home for the Optima, another of Kia’s top selling models in the U.S.

Southern States Automotive Contractors Association


The Southern States Automotive Contractors Association http://www.ssaca.net provides a forum for interaction among auto industry contractors working in the southern states from the Carolinas to Texas.  Our purpose is to promote excellence in construction, maintenance, and modification services for the automotive industry. We also provide awareness of manufacturing trends, techniques, and concerns for our member companies. This enables them to quickly address challenges and provide solutions to the global automotive marketplace.

Our member contractors staff their projects with experienced auto-industry professionals who have the earned the reputation as being safe, productive, and highly skilled.  Too, our member contractors have the power of mobility throughout the southern states, which gives them a deep pool of safe, productive, highly skilled auto industry professionals to pull from for any sized job, in any location.

The officers and leadership of our Association are:

President – Lee Bailey, McAbee Construction, Inc., Tuscaloosa AL;

Vice President – Chris Ciceri, Jr., International Industrial Contracting Corp.,

Sterling Heights MI;

Secretary-Treasurer – Tim Arndt, Colburn Construction, Inc., Cullman AL;

Executive Director – Glenn Rex, Houston TX;

Marketing Director – Teresa Magnus

We recognize the Southern Automotive Conference as a premier event for the automotive manufacturing industry. We enjoy participating as a Presenting Sponsor to showcase our member contractors’ commitment to bring excellence in form of safe and highly skilled construction professionals to the Manufacturing industry’s construction, maintenance and modification projects. We look forward to presenting an update to our Southeastern Automotive Manufacturing Industry Career Opportunity Report in Atlanta, in October.

Canada – Global Affairs


Canada’s dynamic auto sector offers unparalleled opportunities for global automotive firms. Canada is one of the world’s top 10 auto producers, with a leading auto parts sector and cutting edge R&D. We produce more than 2.4 million vehicles each year, 85% of which are exported. Our auto industry generates over $100 billion in factory revenues and employs over 125,000 workers.

OEMs trust their Canadian operations with innovative projects. Canada was the first country outside Japan to manufacture Lexus vehicles, and Honda chose its Canadian operations to lead its global Civic project.

Canada is home to nearly 700 auto parts suppliers, including, a cluster of world-renowned machine, tool, die and mold-making companies. Our Tier 1 suppliers, Magna International, Linamar and Martinrea, rank among the world’s largest.

Low corporate taxes and unrivaled market access helped rank Canada among Forbes’ Top 10 Best Countries for Business in 2017. Canada is fully integrated into North America’s auto supply chains, and offers unequalled access to foreign markets, though free trade agreements with the European Union and key Asia-Pacific markets. This ensures preferential market access to more than 40 countries accounting for over half the world’s GDP.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service at the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, along with 160 offices at Canadian Embassies and Consulates around the world, supports companies seeking to establish themselves in, or source competitive, innovative products from, Canada. We also help Canadian companies find new business opportunities abroad. Our services are free of charge. Please contact us today.