Yesterday it was announced that Dave Tatman would be taking the helm of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant on August 1st following the reassignment of Bob Parcell, who will be taking over the Lordstown plant in anticipation of the launch of the 2011 Chevy Cruze. Tatman becomes the fourth manager of the Corvette Assembly Plant in just over three years and calls BGAP “the crown jewel of GM’s assembly plants”. We got the bio of Dave Tatman which can be read after the jump.
At 8 am this morning it was announced that Bob Parcell (pictured on the right), manager of GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant, has been reassigned as the plant manager at Lordstown Assembly in Lordstown, Ohio, effective August 1. Bob will lead the launch the brand new Chevrolet Cruze. Dave Tatman, current plant manager at Warren Transmission, will be Bowling Green’s new plant manager.
Since 1981, the Chevrolet Corvette has called Bowling Green home. But a news report by a Michigan television station suggests that America’s Sports Car may be moving its production to Lansing.
It was fifty-seven years ago today that the first Corvettes rolled off a temporary assembly line in Flint, Michigan and into the hearts and dreams of Americans. By the end of the year, 300 of the Polo White with Sportsman Red interior Corvettes were produced making Corvette the first mass-production car to use body panels made from fiberglass.
With hundreds of Corvette plant assembly workers looking on, Governor Beshear signed into law House Bill #104 declaring the Chevrolet Corvette the Official Sports Car of the State of Kentucky. Gov Beshear appropriately used an Arctic White Corvette ZR1 as his podium for the signing event at the assembly plant.
The Bowling Green Assembly Plant is one of nine plants that will remain open throughout the summer as GM works to meet customer demand. Like all GM assembly plants. BGAP normally schedules an annual summer shutdown during the first two weeks of July for maintenance or performing upgrades that is can only do when the assembly line is silent. But due to low inventories, GM will keep producing vehicles.
Production of the 2010 Corvette model has wrapped up and GM has released the final production statistics for the 2010 Corvette model year. The final count of Corvettes produced for MY 2010 is 12,194. That’s a decrease of 28.1% from 2009′s 16,956 production and a whopping 65.5% off the 35,310 Corvettes produced in 2008.
As part of the video taken earlier this year when General Richard Cody, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army (Retired), toured the Bowling Green Assembly Plant prior to taking delivery of a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible, General Cody meets and greets the military vets who are now building America’s favorite sports car.
When the GM rolled out the Corvette Grand Sport, Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles thought the new model would account for about half of all Corvette production. He was right. So far though April 14, 51% of all Corvettes built are Grand Sports. While the Grand Sport has helped increase the amount of convertibles built from 20% of Model Year production in 2009 to 28% in 2010, the shocker is how much the Grand Sport has reduced the number of Z06s, to just 4% of production. Perhaps now we see why the Corvette Z06 is getting all the attention for 2011.
After months of political wrangling, The Kentucky Senate voted 100-0 to name the Corvette the State’s official sports car. The House had already passed the measure and the bill is now off to the desk the Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to be signed into law.