When General Motors moved production of the Corvette from St. Louis, Missouri to Bowling Green, Kentucky, no one could have foreseen the glorious days that lay ahead for “America’s Favorite Sports Car” and the city where it would be built.
Sure, the Corvette was coming off some of its highest production numbers ever when the move took place in 1981, with the 1979 model moving a record 53,807 units and the ensuing 1980 model not far behind at 40,614.
But now, believe it or not, the United Auto Workers Local 2164 is getting ready to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the move of the assembly plant to Bowling Green, which has undergone hundreds of millions of dollars worth of improvements in the past few years to manufacture the hot new mid-engine C8 Corvette Stingray.
That’s not to mention the construction of the National Corvette Museum and the Motorsports Park, just down the road from the assembly plant.
To mark this special occasion, the UAW Local 2164 will hold a party and picnic for workers at the union hall at 712 Plum Springs Loop on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On tap will be food, games, door prizes, and live music for hourly workers at the assembly plant, which has overcome lots of adversity in the past two years because of the strike, pandemic, and parts shortages to still manage to roll out thousands of the world’s hottest new sports car, and thousands more are on the way in the coming years. Excitement is still growing around the C8, with Chevy announcing just this week that the Z06 will arrive soon as a 2023 model and other variants are rumored to be in the pipeline.
Looks like the greatest days for the Bowling Green plant could still lie ahead!
Congratulations to all the workers at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, and our thanks to them – past and present – who have put their heart and soul into building the cars we love so much.
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