GM employees were notified on Monday about plans for additional shutdowns at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Ky. Starting Monday, March 30th, the Corvette plant will close for two weeks, then reopen for a few weeks before closing again. Hourly workers will be temporarily laid off during those down times.
The plant is scheduled to be closed during the first two weeks of April, first two weeks in May and then two weeks in June which will probably coincide with the changeover to the 2010 model. The closings affect not only the lives of the great people that work at the plant, but customer tours and museum deliveries are also impacted.
BG Assembly Plant Communications Director Andrea Hales said news of the shutdown did not surprise workers. “I think our employees expected more downtime because they follow the sale of our products very closely,â€ she said. â€œSo I think our employees were expecting some sort of scheduling announcement.”
“We are still hopeful that the market is still there for Corvette,â€ Hales said. â€œWeâ€™re just waiting to see, when the economy does take a turn, weâ€™re hoping we see Corvette come back as strong as it was before the downturn last year.”
The plant has laid off around 130 employees and another 110 more could be laid off before the end of the year.