Anyone who had been hoping to see their Corvette Stingray or Z06 roll down the assembly line Tuesday will have to wait at least one more day.
That’s because of the havoc being created by winter storm Octavia that has already dumped more than 6 inches of snow from Missouri to Kentucky, forcing General Motors to shut down the second shift at the Corvette Assembly Plant on Monday night and both shifts on Tuesday. (Maintenance crews were told to report for their regular shifts, however.)
Production is expected to crank up again at the Bowling Green, Ky., facility on Wednesday, according to GM spokesman David Darovitz.
Meanwhile, officials at the National Corvette Museum announced it will also be closed Tuesday because of the wintry weather.
GM also blamed the weather for its decision to cancel the Spring Hill, Tenn., plant’s second and third shift, where workers produce a multitude of products, including the Chevrolet Equinox, four-cylinder engines, metal stampings, plastic molding and paint bumper fascias.
Three to 5 inches had already fallen across the Louisville metro area, the National Weather Service reported by early Monday afternoon. Snowfall was forecast to peak at 2 inches each hour in much of Kentucky later Monday.
Fortunately, bad weather has been easier on automakers this year, compared to 2014 when widespread weather-related closures contributed to a 5.1 percent decline in national auto production over January 2013. The impact has been negligible so far in 2015.
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