May 21, 2015 — GM announced today that it will spend $439 million on upgrades at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Ky. This investment adds to the $135 million GM has already pumped into the facility over the past four years for the new Corvette Stingray and the Performance Build Center.
A new 450,000-square-foot, environment-friendly paint shop, almost half the size of the entire current production facility, will include substantial technology upgrades, new tooling and robots to improve efficiency.
Construction will begin this summer and last two years. Corvette production schedules will be unaffected by the construction.
“With this major technology investment, we can continue to exceed the expectations of sports car buyers for years to come,” said North American Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones. “These types of investments are evidence that the customer is at the center of every decision we make.”
Added UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada: “This new paint shop will mirror the efficiencies and technologies of the new body shop, installed with the launch of the Stingray.”
Corvette production began in 1981 in Bowling Green following assembly in Flint, Mich., and St. Louis, Mo. Each has been an exclusive home of the Corvette, contributing to its distinction as the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car. More than 1.6 million have been produced in 62 years.
Since the launch of the all-new 2014 Stingray, the Corvette has won more awards than any other car in the industry, including the 2014 American Car of the Year, Car & Driver’s 10 Best and Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year.
Building on that recognition, Corvette sales reached an eight-year high in 2014 with almost 38,000 cars sold globally. The plant welcomed a record 56,000 tourists last year.
The new Performance Build Center opened last year and in March began hosting customers in the Build Your Own Engine program. More information about Bowling Green Assembly is available at corvetteassembly.com.
The investments in Bowling Green are part of the $5.4 billion that GM said it would invest in U.S. facilities over the next three years.