The Corvette Assembly Plant will be closing its doors all of next week due to a disruption in the parts supply by COVID-19. The closure of the assembly plant is expected to last until Monday, October 19th when normal plant operations are expected to resume.
The Corvette Team has done a fairly effective job at managing the parts inventories especially after its second shift went online on August 31st. Various teams at GM have been working closely with suppliers to mitigate further impacts to the supply chain. The problem is that some of the parts are so specific to the Corvette that GM can’t just go out and find a different supplier to make up the slack.
We reached out to Chevrolet and spokesman Kevin Kelly responded with the following statement:
Due to a temporary parts supply issue, we can confirm that Bowling Green Assembly will not run production the week of October 12. Our supply chain, manufacturing and engineering teams are working closely with our supply base to mitigate any further impact on production, and we expect the plant to resume normal operations on Monday, October 19.
Sources close to the Corvette Team tell us that the alternative to the temporary shut down would be to strip those affected parts from orders which is something that Chevrolet isn’t currently willing to do. Chevy was forced to do that with the popular 5VM Aero Kits and High Wing earlier this year.
Despite the shutdown, we are told that Chevrolet is committed to building out all of the existing 2020 Corvette orders that are at Status 3000.
This morning our friends at the Corvette Action Center shared the news that 2020 Corvette production was being extended into December so that Chevrolet can meet its goal of building out the 20,181 Corvettes for the 2020 model year.
According to our friends at the C8 Corvette Owners Facebook group, yesterday’s production (Oct 7th) shows that 159 Corvettes were assembled with the number of 2020 Corvettes completed for the model year now totaling 13,039.
We hope to add any additional information to this report as it becomes available.
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