St. Louis Today has an interesting article and an accompanying video about former St. Louis General Motors employees who transferred to Bowling Green in the 1980’s to keep their jobs assembling the Corvette. The transition from St. Louis to Bowling Green wasn’t particularly smooth for the transplanted UAW members as GM had promised new jobs to local Warren County residents. But many of those jobs failed to materialize as over 900 workers from St. Louis took advantage of a relocation offer and moved to Bowling Green with the Corvette.
Today Bowling Green is proud to be the home of the Corvette, but it always wasn’t so. Many of the transplanted workers faced resentment, contempt and discrimination when they first arrived. The video below details some of the experiences the UAW members faced when they moved to Bowling Green as well as their opinions of the city they have called home since the early 1980’s:
The article from St. Louis Today provides even more on the fascinating backstory of the Corvette assembly plant’s move from St. Louis to Bowling Green.
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