Last week we received the news that the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky would be closed for the week of May 24th and would reopen on Tuesday, June 1st. Unfortunately, we are now hearing that the plant will be closed for all of next week as well.
The news comes from our friends at the MidEngineCorvetteForum.com and member djnsoxfan who received an email from Shane at the National Corvette Museum regarding his upcoming R8C Corvette Museum delivery. We picked up the phone and called the Corvette Concierge hotline and they confirmed the Corvette Assembly Plant will be shut down for the week of May 31st with production now expected to resume on Monday, June 7th.
During our call with the Concierge, we were told it was for the same parts shortage that closed the plant this week. It’s been rumored that the Dual-Clutch Transmission is the cause for the delays and we’ve heard everything from the cases being in short supply due to a manufacturing issue to internal parts for the TREMEC DCT that come from Mexico. We will probably never know the exact issue.
Next week’s plant closure will mark the sixth full week that 2021 Corvette model year production has been impacted by issues with the supply chain, although bad weather did play a role in the early February closure. The last car that was completed by the plant was finished on May 21st and it is VIN 14558.
We have reached out to Chevrolet’s spokespeople for confirmation and later this afternoon we received this answer to our question on if the plant was going to be closed:
Yes, due to a temporary parts supply issue, Bowling Green Assembly will not run production the week of May 31. 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, June 7.
As of this point, how these most recent closures will affect the final allocations for the ’21 model year will be anyone’s guess. The final allocations were expected in June with model year production originally slated to come to an end in mid-August or early September.
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