In a bid to meet demand for the upcoming generation of the Corvette, General Motors (GM) is gearing up the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant as its reveal date approaches – and subsequent orders fill their sheets. With July 18, 2019 just two months away, the hallowed birthing ground of America’s sports car will kick into high gear by adding a full second shift to plant operations. In order to do this, GM could well be hiring up to 400 more personnel to work hourly jobs at the plant.
Once their workforce is bolstered, Bowling Green will have around a total of 1,300 personnel working around the clock to produce the next-gen Corvette. That aside, a total of USD $900 million has already been invested into the Kentucky plant. This includes investments towards a new body shop, increased engine capacity, new paint shop, a new Performance Build Center, and additional plant upgrades.
“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.”
As has been speculated for several years, the eighth-gen Corvette is particularly special because this will be the first Corvette with a true mid-ship layout. Considering its architecture would be completely different with the engine in the back, it’s no surprise the Bowling Green plant would have to make significant changes to their production processes.