The sudden retirement of Dave Tatman at the Corvette Assembly Plant leaves some mighty large shoes to fill. Dave was very passionate about the Corvette and he always had time to talk with us about what was happening at the plant.
We had heard Jeffery Lamarche’s name as a possible replacement and this afternoon at the NCM press conference regarding the sinkhole situation, we learned that it’s now official. Jeffrey Lamarche will be taking the reins as the new plant manager.
Jeff is a seasoned manager who until Tatman’s retirement was head of the General Motors Plant in Brownstown, MI that builds the lithium-ion batteries for the Chevrolet Volt.
Lamarche has been a GM’er since the early 1980s. Prior to taking the Brownstown battery plant manager job in 2011, he was the North American Quality Director for GM from 2006-2010. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Kettering University and also went to Loyola Marymount University.
We also note that late last month he updated his Facebook profile to show the 2015 Corvette Z06 from the floor at the North American International Auto Show.
The new plant manager stepped up today at the NCM press conference and announced that GM will oversee the restoration of all the cars recovered from the sinkhole. Jeff also pledged his support with a personal monetary donation which tells us he is a stand-up guy!
We look forward to learning more about Jeff Lamarche in the near future and meeting him at the NCM Bash in April.
Photo Credit: National Corvette Museum
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