The leasing giant Kia told investors and consumers on Wednesday that it plans to accelerate its leasing programs with its Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, Ventura, Ventura County, San Bernardino, Ventura City, Rancho Cucamonga and Santa Clarita offices, as well as its Irvine, Irvine, Huntington Beach, San Clemente, Orange and Riverside facilities.
The announcement comes a week after the company announced a deal with local real estate firm Tully Holdings to lease out a $2.9 billion office complex and office park on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles.
The deal includes leasing rights to a third office, a $400 million condominium tower on the site and up to 10 additional office buildings, including the Anaheim Convention Center and the Anaheim International Airport.
The company said it plans a total of 3,500 employees to be added to its workforce through its new LA and Orange County offices by the end of the year.
“This will enable us to increase the size and reach of our global workforce and provide new opportunities to our employees,” said CEO Andy Puzder in a statement.
“The acceleration of our LA and Ventura County facilities will enable our team to work more efficiently and to support our existing workforce,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor of Government and Finance Dan Gallegos.
“We look forward to working with Kias LA and LA office to accelerate our efforts to provide a more secure, flexible and efficient environment for our employees.”
The Los Angeles office will have up to 2,000 employees, a portion of which will be moved to the Orange County location and up, the company said.
The Orange County office will retain 2,500.
Kia said it will lease the Anaheim airport for up to 30 years, a move that will be made retroactive to 2019.
The announcement comes after Kia announced plans to increase its workforce by 10,000 people by the start of 2019, but the company had not released the full details of the expansion.
In August, the Los Angeles company announced it was adding about 3,000 workers to the Los Angles office and was also hiring workers for the Anaheim office, which is slated to open later this year.