General Motors announces new expansion

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- For more than three decades, the city of Bowling Green has been synonymous with Corvette.

On Friday, the plant announced that relationship would continue to grow and develop, starting with a $290 million investment to modify vehicle assembly lines.

Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson said the announcement was a good sign for our community.

"They have 900 plus jobs now. When you put that kind of money into a plant, that kind of expansion, although jobs aren't tied to this investment I think we can see the handwriting on the wall that something more is coming down the pike."

Although GM has not commented on any possible job growth, after speaking with the Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development, WBKO learned a preliminary incentive package has been offered to GM, which would make it advantageous for them to create jobs in our area.

The incentive package is based on an investment of $153 million, a part of the greater $290 million, and the creation of 270 new jobs.

"That is the state's offer of incentives. It will be up to the company whether or not they go forward with that incentive package," said Jack Mazurak, Communications Director for the KY Cabinet of Economic Development.

Word of the state-of-the-art equipment upgrades were met with enthusiasm, Mayor Wilkerson saying Bowling Green was lucky to have such a company in it's backyard.

"We're excited that General Motors has recognized not only that Bowling Green is a great place to have a location, but it's a great workforce."

Jack Mazurak was equally excited, knowing how the investment could propel Bowling Green's economy to the next level.

"The ripple affects of investment are great, and we're seeing, you know from the state prospective, we're seeing tremendous growth in our automotive sector, and this is another big part of that."

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