Happy days are here again, at least for workers at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Folks like Todd Largent, who was laid off 3½ years ago, and other workers with recall rights, are being summoned back to work just in time for the seventh generation of America’s sports car expected to arrive next year.
“I was happy, excited, so was my family,” Largent says of his return to the plant. “With these jobs here you’re able to provide a good living for your family.”
While walking through the facility, plant manager Dave Tatman said: “What we see behind us is the signs of progress. This area of the plant is where we used to build the Cadillac XLR (which went out of production in April 2009); we’re able to re-use this space now for a new body shop with the next generation Corvette.”
Tatman says the expansion will bring around 120 jobs to Bowling Green in 2012 alone, with GM employees transferring from other U.S. plants.
“Most all our employees will be coming from other UAW and GM sites, so while it’s not new jobs for people here in Bowling Green, it’s people who are going to be moving to Bowling Green and buying our homes and shopping in our stores and eating at our restaurants,” Tatman says.
Tatman says the plant will not host public tours after Sept. 14 to help speed construction, with no date established to resume tours.