GM adding second shift, 400+ jobs to Kentucky Corvette plant

GM adding second shift, 400+ jobs to Kentucky Corvette plant

Bowling Green facility is preparing to launch production of the highly anticipated mid-engine version of the iconic sports car.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky – 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.”

United Auto Workers Vice President Terry Dittes added, “Members from UAW Local 2164 are proud to build the iconic Chevrolet Corvette and will be adding a full shift of production and over 400 new bargaining unit jobs through this investment. We hope to see more of this in the future from GM, which is good for our members, their families, the community, and all of America.”

Since 2011, GM has invested more than $900 million into Bowling Green, including investments in a new body shop, increased engine capacity, new paint shop, a new Performance Build Center (where Corvette buyers can pay a premium to help build their own cars), and additional plant upgrades.

Bowling Green Assembly has produced more than 1 million Corvettes since it opened in 1981.

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 benefiting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.