It isn’t even here yet, but the C7 Corvette continues to stimulate the economy.
Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Dave Tatman announced this week that the GM plant in Bowling Green, Ky., will be hiring 170 workers for periods ranging from four to 18 months.
Word has already spread, and Tatman told The Bowling Green Daily News that about 550 people had applied for the positions as of Monday.
Current GM employees at the plant can refer a relative, friend, or neighbor for the jobs through the end of this week. Tatman says most employees have already made their recommendations, but he was planning to make another big push at meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.
The pool of applicants will be narrowed to 300, based on skills testing and drug testing, Tatman said, with the 170 temp workers then to be randomly selected from those.
The jobs will pay well, $15.50 an hour for 40 hours, with the possibility of some overtime.
Tatman says the temporary workers are needed to allow regular employees a chance to take vacations as well as to ensure that the C7 launch runs smoothly.
Already about 150 UAW and GM corporate employees are helping to gear up for the launch of the highly anticipated seventh generation Corvette. Tatman says subcontractors just finished work in the pretreatment area, with testing set for this week. The body shop is also done.
“We still have quite a bit of other work to be done,” Tatman says.
The upcoming C7 launch (with the unveiling set for Jan. 13 and production expected to crank up in the third quarter) has already enabled the Bowling Green facility to bring back all laid off workers, and at least another 100 people who have been laid off at other GM plants are expected to be hired back eventually at the Corvette plant.
“I expect we actually will exceed that number,” Tatman predicts.
Warren County officials are thrilled about the hirings. Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon says the increased number of workers at the Corvette plant will boost the local economy, with the new transfers likely to buy homes in the area and then spend their salaries there.
“There are a lot of people who will work hard to make sure that they are considered for those jobs,” Buchanon said. “That’s really good money.”
Bowling Green Daily News
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