General Motors has announced that they will be moving their Performance Build Center from its current home in Wixom, MI to the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Ky. The low-volume production facility currently hand assembles all of the dry sump motors (LS7, LS9, and LS3 with manual tranny) for Corvettes. Previously, they also produced the powerplants for the Cadillac STS-V and XLR-V.
The Performance Build Center’s move will be accompanied by a $3.5 million investment in the Bowling Green plant and is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014. GM made the announcement as part of a consolidation of several of their Powertrain engineering sites.
The PBC relocation will allow Corvette owners to now build their own engines and watch their cars be assembled all in one location.
“This is exciting news for the Corvette Assembly Plant and the community of Bowling Green,” said plant manager Dave Tatman. “We host thousands of guests each year, many of whom are here to see their Corvette being built. Bringing the Performance Build Center here simply adds to the thrill of purchasing a Corvette and increases satisfaction for our customers and employees.”
The PBC move is in addition to the already announced $131 million investment for Bowling Green Assembly. That plan includes a new body shop and renovations and upgrades throughout the facility. The new announcement will include about 20 new or retained jobs and is on top of more than 150 jobs that have already been added to Bowling Green.
“General Motors is an important key to the continued economic growth of South Central Kentucky,” said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. “This latest investment into the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly plant will not only enhance GM’s commitment to the region but will provide added appeal to the many visitors they host each year. It is beneficial to the local community, the state of Kentucky and all involved.”
These pictures were taken at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant when the PBC’s move was announced:
Production of the 2014 Corvette Stingray is expected to begin somewhere in the middle of 2013 and cars should hit dealer lots late summer / early fall.
Photo Credit: Sarah B. Gilliam for General Motors
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