General Motors announced today that the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be adding 400 new hourly jobs and a second shift to support the production of the C8 mid-engine Corvette. GM’s CEO Mary Barra made her first visit to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant on Thursday afternoon to personally deliver the news to workers at the plant and local media.
The addition of second shift boosts the plant’s total workforce to around 1,300 hourly workers.
“The Corvette’s iconic status owes so much to the men and women of Bowling Green, where it has been built exclusively for almost 40 years,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in prepared remarks. “This is the workforce that can deliver a next generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and an equally exciting future.”
Joining Barra in making the announcement was Gerald Johnson, GM’s executive vice president of global manufacturing, and UAW Vice President Terry Dittes.
“Members from UAW Local 2164 are proud to build the iconic Chevrolet Corvette,” said Dittes. “We hope to see more of this in the future from GM, which is good for our members, their families, the community, and all of America.”
GM has invested over $900 million into the Corvette Assembly Plant since 2011. Those investments include the addition of the Performance Build Center where the Corvette’s high-performance engines are assembled by hand, as well as a state-of-the-art paint shop, and reconfiguring the entire assembly line.
Bowling Green @GM assembly plant adding 400+ jobs preparing for next-generation #Corvette…— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) April 25, 2019
What a great day for Kentucky! I often speak about how we are the engineering and manufacturing hub of America.
Today, we’re wearing that title more boldly than ever before…#WeAreKY pic.twitter.com/ZYBXiUzFWd
GM says in its press release today that the plant has assembled more than one million Corvettes since Corvette production moved from St. Louis to Bowling Green in 1981. The plant has the largest solar array of any automaker in Kentucky, and its annual economic impact includes more than $76 million in state wages and $15 million in income tax.
The next-generation Corvette is expected to be a 2020 model. It will officially be revealed on July 18th and more news is expected this weekend at the NCM’s Annual Bash event
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