Former Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Jeff Lamarche will take over the lead at the General Motors Spring Hill Manufacturing site in Tennessee early next year.
Lamarche was plant manager in the early days of the C7, from 2014-15, and retains a warm spot in his heart for the car as he still attends Corvette events, including last year’s Bash.
He’ll be taking the reins from Ken Knight, who will retire March 1 after more than 26 years with GM, including the past eight years in Spring Hill.
Lamarche’s first week on the job at Bowling Green coincided with the massive sinkhole that opened unexpectedly under the Corvette Museum’s Sky Dome on Feb. 12, 2014, and his introduction to Corvette owners came at a hastily called press conference later that afternoon.
But a lot of good things also occurred during Jeff’s tenure at the Corvette Assembly Plant, too, including the new Performance Build Center in late 2014 and the production of the C7 Corvette Z06s, plus the $400+ million expansion of the Corvette Paint Shop was announced.
Lamarche left Bowling Green in 2015 after a promotion to the position of Plant Manager Flint Assembly and Stamping, which produces full-size GM pickups like the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra as well as the commercial heavy-duty versions, too.
Lamarche began his career at the Van Nuys Assembly Plant, as a college co-op student. He has held positions in Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, Planning, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing Operations, including time as the plant manager at the Brownstown Battery Plant and San Luis Potosi Complex. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.
At Spring Hill, Lamarche will be taking over a modernized facility that has seen more than $2 billion in investment from GM since 2010. The plant has just completed the rollout of the three-row Cadillac XT6, and Spring Hill workers also build the GMC Acadia, Holden Acadia, and Cadillac XT5, as well as several gas-powered engines and parts in the 7.9 million square foot facility. Vehicles made there go to dealerships in the U.S. and 12 other countries.
Kai Spande Appointed as Manager of the Corvette Assembly Plant
Corvette Assembly Manager Jeff Lamarche Promoted to Flint Assembly Plant
Meet The New Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Jeffrey Lamarche