Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Change is in the Air at Bowling Green Plant

MT. PLEASANT, Mich -- In order to prepare for the release of the 2019 Next Generation Corvette that will be revealed on July 18, 2019, General Motors is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky to support the production of the Next Generation Corvette - increasing the plant's workforce to more than 1,300. 

Since 2011, GM has invested more than $900 million into Bowling Green, including investments towards a new body shop, increased engine capacity, a new paint shop, Performance Build Center, and additional plant upgrades. The plant has produced more than one million Corvettes since it opened in 1981, and its annual economic impact includes more than $76 million in state wages and $15 million in income tax. 

The Corvette is known around the world as America's sports car, with the first-generation Corvette being introduced in 1953. It was originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, but it generated enough interest to go into production, and has been a staple nameplate of the Chevrolet brand ever since. Mary Barra, the current CEO of General Motors addressed the Corvette's legacy saying: 

"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...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 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. 

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

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