Wednesday, 01 May 2019 20:02

GM Announces Addition of 400+ Jobs to Bowling Green, KY, Plant

Written by Cory McCauley, WBKO News


General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announced April 25 they are launching a new model of Corvette.


Though little details are available, we know the new model will be the C8 and will be a mid-engine Corvette.


"I actually think this next generation vehicle is going to win even more customers into the Corvette family, so we are super excited about that," said Barra.


One thing is certain: General Motors announced the new model Corvette will be built at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, KY.


"You know, we are really pleased; you heard me talk about how much the Bowling Green workforce what they've accomplished with their quality and their safety and their dedication to every single detail," said Barra. "So, you know, they are the ones making it happen and we're excited to be able to make this announcement and invest and provide growth not only for the plant, but for the economy."


A second shift will be added at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, adding more than 400 jobs to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. This will support production of the next generation of Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18, 2019.


The new jobs will push the plant's total employment beyond 1,300.


According to the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, since 2011, GM has invested more than $900 million into Bowling Green, and the Bowling Green Assembly plant has produced more than 1 million Corvettes since it opened in 1981.


"It's not just 400 jobs, not just 400 families; there is a ripple effect. Those dollars, those great salaries and benefits, that ripple effect financially into this community is going to be great; it will be a multiplier effect of people eating out, people buying things, people shopping, other jobs being created because of this," said Governor Matt Bevin.


Barra was joined by Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing Gerald Johnson and United Workers Vice President Terry Dites.


Several federal, state, and local dignitaries were in attendance including U.S. Senator Rand Paul, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson, Governor Matt Bevin, State Representatives Michael Meredith and Patti Minter, Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon, and Bowling Green City Commissioner Sue Parrigin.

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