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Next-Gen Corvette Boosts Jobs At GM's Iconic Plant

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John Goreham
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
4-27-2019

General Motors expects its next-generation Corvette to boost sales significantly, and GM is staffing up to build the car. The current generation Corvette was introduced in January 2013. With the new Corvette set for an official launch this July, that means the Corvette design we all know and love is now six and a half years old. The last of the outgoing generation Corvettes - a black 2019 Z06 model -  has been donated to charity by GM. The final seventh-gen Corvette will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut June 28.

 

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GM will be adding a second shift to its Bowling Green, KY factory. That will boost jobs at the plant by 400. “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.” GM has built more than 1 million Corvettes at the Bowling Green factory since it opened in 1981. The plant currently generates more than $76 million in state wages and $15 million in income tax. 

 

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GM-Trucks.com will bring you more information on the new Corvette once Chevrolet releases details. 

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General Motors is adding 400 jobs at its plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for production of its new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette. The UAW says it wants more job creation as it heads into contract talks. The addition of the second shift will boost the plant's workforce to at least 1,300 people, GM said.

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I thought Corvettes were made in Brazil in sections and just plopped together here.

 

They start making Corvettes in America again? 

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Originally manufactured in Flint, Michigan as well as St. Louis, Missouri, the Corvette has been manufactured since 1981 in Bowling Green, Kentucky  (Source: Wikipedia)

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On 5/15/2019 at 1:35 AM, Colossus said:

Originally manufactured in Flint, Michigan as well as St. Louis, Missouri, the Corvette has been manufactured since 1981 in Bowling Green, Kentucky  (Source: Wikipedia)

No....shortly after word got out of foreign manufacture...GM funded a Business School study that said Corvette was the most American car with 80% American parts. Then lots of PR stories.

 

But they counted investment...R&D...profits...into their formula. Its why they deleted the GM ...ahem...Business School Study saying Corvette was the most American car....Ahem....Toyota Camry!

 

https://www.american.edu/kogod/autoindex/2014.cfm

 

Its interesting the Study saying the Corvette was the most American car was....deleted.

 

Mid engine Corvette...finally. They perfected the Chevy Corvair. Should be called Corvair, it aint a Corvette.

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