More details about the 2014 Corvette Stingray continue to come out in the aftermath of the unveiling of the C7 in Detroit last Sunday.
The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville is reporting that the General Motors plant in Spring Hill has been enlisted to help with production of the Corvette for the first time ever.
The Spring Hill plant will be producing the front and rear fascias for the seventh-generation car and then sending them to Bowling Green for final assembly, according to spokesman Lee Ann Williams Maley.
These front and rear bumper sections will be manufactured in Spring Hill by injecting a plastic composite material into special molds there. The plant already makes similar parts for the Chevrolet Traverse crossover, which was assembled there until November 2009 when production moved to Michigan. Spring Hill continues to be the assembly point for the Chevrolet Equinox crossover and four-cylinder engines and other vehicle components.
Michael Herron, chairman of the United Auto Workers local at Spring Hill, says more workers will be needed there for the new Corvette project but doesn’t know an exact number yet.
“Our team members are very excited about being a part of this exciting new vehicle for Chevrolet,” Herron said. “To me, getting this work for Spring Hill speaks volumes about the quality we’ve achieved in our injection-molding operation here.”
GM had previously announced a $131 million investment at Bowling Green, including $52 million for a body shop to manufacture the new much lighter aluminum frame for the C7 using a new computer-controlled laser welding process.
The C7 is scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2013. Production of the 2013 model will shut down in February, and work will begin to change over at the Bowling Green facility in preparation for the 2014.
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