Earlier this week we had the privilege to tour the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, KY to see how the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray is made. While we were there, we spoke with plant manager Dave Tatman about the changes to the plant, C7 production, quality assessments and resumption of public tours which begin on October 14th.
Dave first talks about the transformation inside the plant in preparing to build the new Corvette. He told us that that in many cases, tooling was left over from previous generations, going all the way back to the C4 Corvette. So they cleaned that all up and in the process, the workers inside the plant took “ownership” of the facility.
We also spent a few minutes about the quality assessment checks the new Corvettes are undergoing once complete. We ask him about Nashville and Corvettes being sent there for additional quality checks. He also talks about the shipping process and Dave again confirms that Corvettes will be shipped by railway in the near future.
Currently, the plant is only building Corvette Stingray Coupes for US and Canadian customers, but the facility will soon start building Coupes for export to Europe, the Middle East and Mexico. Dave talks about ramping up to those levels and confirms that they are even building Convertibles for the Captured Test Fleet.
One of our favorite Dave Tatman sayings is “We don’t just build cars in Bowing Green, we build dreams”. After a long delay in actually producing cars from the C6 to the C7, Dave says it feels great to finally being back to producing cars again. We wholeheartedly agree!
Check out our full interview with Dave Tatman, Plant Manager of Corvette Assembly in Bowling Green:
If you’re interested in touring the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, visit CorvetteAssembly.com for reservations and tour information.
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