Paul Graham’s tenure at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green was short lived as the announcement from the Corvette Museum via Twitter this morning says Graham will be taking over the Texas-based Arlington SUV Assembly Plant on October 1. Replacing Graham as the Corvette Plant’s General Manager will be Bob Parcell, most recently the President of CAMI Automotive, a joint venture automotive assembly plant GM shared with Suzuki in Ontario.
Prior to Graham’s appointment in Bowling Green, he spent most of his nearly 30 years at GM within the various truck and SUV divisions. GM’s Arlington Plant produces a variety of full-size sport utility vehicles including the GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Cadillac Escalade.
Bob Parcell has also has experience with GM’s trucks and SUV line as President of CAMI Automotive. In a 2005 Harbor Report, CAMI was ranked #3 in truck assembly in the Small SUV category of the 45 auto assembly plants in North America. As a joint venture with Suzuki, the CAMI plant turned out the smaller class of sport utilities including the Chevrolet Tracker, the Suzuki Vitara, Suzuki Swift, Suzuki Sidekick, the Geo Metro, and Chevrolet Equinox.
It will be interesting to see what kind of announcement GM will make regarding the move. We still have yet to hear anything from the automaker officially naming Gene Stefanyshyn the VLE in charge of Corvette following Tom Wallace’s departure last fall.