Yesterday, we brought you news of General Motor’s plans to suspend North America manufacturing operations due to the spread of COVID-19. The statement released by GM indicated that the production stoppage would take place “in a cadence, with each facility receiving specific instructions from manufacturing leadership.”
This afternoon, we received the following from Bowling Green Corvette Assembly’s Communications Manager, Rachel Bagshaw, stating that Corvette assembly operations would continue through Friday, March 20.
“As a part of GM’s systematic orderly suspension of manufacturing operations, Bowling Green Assembly will run through tomorrow, March 20, and then temporarily suspend production of the 2020 Corvette Stingray at the end of the shift. The suspension will last until at least March 30. Production status will be reevaluated week-to-week after that. Of course, customers are at the center of everything we do, but safety is our overriding priority during this unprecedented time.”
The CorvetteBlogger.com staff is hopeful for the suppression and eradication of the COVID-19 virus here and around the world for the good of all of humanity. The return of Corvette assembly at the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant should be one of many indications that we are over the hump and that life can return to some sort of normalcy again. We’re all looking forward to that day!
General Motors Press Release on Temporary Plant Closures
DETROIT – Today, General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) confirmed it will begin a systematic orderly suspension of manufacturing operations in North America due to market conditions, to deep clean facilities and continue to protect people. The suspension will last until at least March 30. Production status will be reevaluated week-to-week after that.
“GM and the UAW have always put the health and safety of the people entering GM plants first, and we have agreed to a systematic, orderly suspension of production to aid in fighting COVID-19/coronavirus,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “We have been taking extraordinary precautions around the world to keep our plant environments safe and recent developments in North America make it clear this is the right thing to do now. I appreciate the teamwork of UAW President Rory Gamble, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes and local leadership as we take this unprecedented step.”
“UAW members, their families and our communities will benefit from today’s announcement with the certainty that we are doing all that we can to protect our health and safety during this pandemic,” said UAW President Rory Gamble. “This will give us time to review best practices and to prevent the spread of this disease. We appreciate General Motors’ actions today and will continue to work with them on health and safety plans to be implemented when we resume production.”
To ensure that production stops in a safe and orderly fashion, plants will suspend operations in a cadence, with each facility receiving specific instructions from manufacturing leadership.
General Motors Halting Production in North America Through March 30th
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