A second shift will also be added.

General Motors announced today a slathering of new jobs and a second shift for the Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Specifically, over 400 new jobs will come to the Corvette’s manufacturing location, all in support of the new C8 mid-engined Corvette supercar.

"The Corvette’s iconic status owes so much to the men and women of Bowling Green, where it has been built exclusively for almost 40 years,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. "This is the workforce that can deliver a next-generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and an equally exciting future, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to its reveal on July 18.”

The news comes during the annual Corvette Bash, a kick-off event held in and around the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. The information isn’t exactly a surprise – the plant in question was closed for a stretch back in 2017 for updates, and though official information on the C8 Corvette has been virtually non-existent, GM finally acknowledged the car's existence a couple of weeks ago in New York City. 

Gallery: 2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette Announcement

Though not part of the official press release from GM, rumors suggest that engine production for the new Corvette model could also come to Bowling Green. GM Authority reported earlier today that the C8's base engine – currently believed to be the familiar 6.2-liter V8 used in the current Corvette – could be moved to the plant from its present manufacturing location in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

The Bowling Green facility has seen some rather significant upgrades in recent years, including changes to the body shop, paint shop, and the automaker's Performance Build Center. Cadillac's new Blackwing twin-turbo V8 – a version of which has been rumored to appear in a future C8 Corvette model – is already built at the facility. Cadillac, however, has said the engine will be available solely for its lineup.

The next-generation C8 Corvette will be revealed on July 18. A location for the event has not been released.

Source: General Motors, GM Authority

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GM to Add Second Shift and More Than 400 Hourly Jobs at Bowling Green (Ky.) Assembly Plant

 

Since 2011, GM has invested more than $900 million in Bowling Green

GM to Add Second Shift and More Than 400 Hourly Jobs at Bowling Green (Ky.) Assembly Plant

Since 2011, GM has invested more than $900 million in Bowling Green

2019-04-25


 

Bowling Green, Ky. — General Motors is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green (Kentucky) Assembly plant to support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18, 2019.

The addition of the second shift will increase the plant’s workforce to more than 1,300.

“The Corvette’s iconic status owes so much to the men and women of Bowling Green, where it has been built exclusively for almost 40 years,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This is the workforce that can deliver a next generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and an equally exciting future, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to its reveal on July 18.”

Since 2011, GM has invested more than $900 million into Bowling Green. This includes investments towards a new body shop, increased engine capacity, new paint shop, a new Performance Build Center, and additional plant upgrades.

Bowling Green Assembly has produced more than one million Corvettes since it opened in 1981. The plant has the largest solar array of any automaker in Kentucky, and its annual economic impact includes more than $76 million in state wages and $15 million in income tax. 

Known around the world as America’s sports car, the first-generation Corvette was introduced as a 1953 model year. Originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, it generated enough interest to go into production.

The seventh and most current generation Corvette was revealed in January 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and was the first to bring back the Stingray nameplate since 1976. The final production seventh generation Corvette will be auctioned off this summer with proceeds benefitting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.