C-7 Made in Bowling Green?

Bowling Green's General Motors Assembly Plant is currently in the process of making its case to build the next generation of corvettes.

The C-7 Corvette has not been assigned to a location and Bowling Green's plant wants to continue its long history of producing the sports car.

For the past 26 years, the Corvette has been made in the city. It's an asset to the city of Bowling Green to be the sole producer of the only true sports car made in America. Now the plant is putting together a plan to keep the next generation right here.

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant employs around 1,200 people and has been in the city for the past 26 years.

"They love what they do and they're very passionate about their work. It's not often you find workforces that are that way," Cooksey said.

Currently, the Bowling Green Plant is the only one in the world that manufactures Corvettes.

However, it's never guaranteed that it will make the next generation.

"We have a lot of experience in building a two-seater sports car. More experience probably than any other workforce," Cooksey said.

Those with the plant are currently preparing a case to help bring the
C-7 to Bowling Green.

Cooksey said the plant has to justify whether the money should be spent to bring out a new product from the Bowling Green Plant.

"You look to see if it's okay to do it in your current location, or whether it's a better business case let's say to do it in a number of places," Cooksey said.

It's not clear when General Motors will decide on when production will begin on the C-7, or where it'll be made.

"So at such a time when the decision is made, we have enough C-6's we've produced the C-6 long enough to where we need to bring out another product, that's when they'll let us know. They'll notify me as a matter of fact," Cooksey said.

Andrea Hale, the plant's spokesperson, says the plant has a 30-year contract, which includes a tax break. However, no one can provide us with specifics of that contract.

To find out more on this Bowling Green tradition, check out the Bowling Green Assembly Plant website at www.bowlinggreenassemblyplant.com.


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