General Motors announces it's adding over 400 jobs to Bowling Green plant
General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announced Thursday 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.
"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 one 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 the 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.
"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," said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. "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."
"What a great day for Kentucky! I often speak about how we are the engineering and manufacturing hub of America. Today, we're wearing that title more boldly than ever," Bevin said. "These new workers, together the plant's current employees, will not only build the iconic Corvette and carry forward the nearly 40-year marriage between Corvette and Kentucky, but will also be members of the team that launches the technical tour-de-force, eighth-generation car off the production line and onto the global stage. Our Commonwealth is incredibly proud to be the home of the Corvette. We are grateful to Mary Barra and GM for the relationship we share, and for this strong vote of confidence in Kentucky's future."
"The General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green is a tremendous asset to the region," said Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch. "They are an integral part of our commonwealth's thriving economy, we are excited about the job growth and look forward to their many more years of success in our community."
"The Corvette has been a major symbol of Bowling Green's heritage," said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. "We are very excited about this announcement and the number of jobs GM is creating. I am so proud to be a part of such a growing local economy; GM has been an integral part of our success over the years."
"Job creation of this magnitude by a company like GM is a significant investment in the future of the people of Warren County," said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. "The General Motors Assembly plant has been in our business community since 1981, and job growth of this size doesn't come around often. I am excited to see the impact it will have in Warren County in the years to come."