General Motors investing $290 million in Corvette plant

General Motors investing $290 million in Corvette plant

Bowling Green getting updated manufacturing equipment to go with new paint shop.

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June 27, 2016

Bowling Green, Kentucky – General Motors will invest $290 million into the Bowling Green Assembly plant to upgrade and modify the plant’s vehicle assembly operations with new technologies and processes.

This investment continues GM’s drive for flexible manufacturing systems. These changes are being made in conjunction with and in addition to the construction and startup of the previously announced $439 million paint shop investment.

A portion of the new investment, $153 million, has been included in an application to participate in the Kentucky Business Incentive (KBI).

"GM has a long tradition of commitment to southcentral Kentucky and to producing, in Warren County, the finest sports cars in America,” says Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. “This benefits our entire state, both as a source of pride and as a tremendous contributor to our economy.

Facility improvements, which include technology upgrades and manufacturing process improvements, are planned to begin this summer.

“We are making technology investments that will continue to improve our manufacturing processes and ultimately the quality of our vehicles,” says North American Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones. “We are putting Corvette customers first by building upon our world-class manufacturing process.”

UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada adds, “For over 35 years our members in Bowling Green have built quality products with pride. This investment will give UAW members the tools of a world-class production facility to continue to craft one of the world’s most iconic automobiles.”

Corvette production began in 1981 in Bowling Green following assembly in Flint, Michigan, and St. Louis, Missouri. Each has been an exclusive home of the Corvette, contributing to its distinction as the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car.

Source: General Motors