GM to Add Second Shift and More Than 400 Hourly Jobs at Bowling Green (Ky.) Assembly Plant

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Since 2011, GM has invested more than $900 million in Bowling Green

General Motors announces it is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at the Bowling Green Assembly plant Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The second shift and additional jobs will support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. (Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors)
General Motors announces it is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at the Bowling Green Assembly plant Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The second shift and additional jobs will support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. (Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors)

Bowling Green, Ky. — General Motors is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green (Kentucky) Assembly plant to support the production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18, 2019.

Camouflage Corvette in front of Bowling Green Assembly Plant
Camouflage Corvette in front of Bowling Green Assembly Plant

The addition of the second shift will increase the plant’s workforce to more than 1,300.

“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.”

“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.”
“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.”
Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors
General Motors employees react as GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announces the company is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green Assembly plant Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The second shift and additional jobs will support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. (Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors)
General Motors employees react as GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announces the company is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green Assembly plant Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The second shift and additional jobs will support the production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. (Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors)
General Motors employees react as GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announces the company is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green Assembly plant Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The second shift and additional jobs will support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. (Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors)
General Motors employees react as GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announces the company is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green Assembly plant Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The second shift and additional jobs will support the production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. (Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors)
General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra meets with plant employees and leadership before announcing the company is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green Assembly plant Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The second shift and additional jobs will support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. (Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors)
General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra meets with plant employees and leadership before announcing the company is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green Assembly plant Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The second shift and additional jobs will support the production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. (Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors)
A General Motors employee works on the Corvette assembly line Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. GM announced today, the company is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at the Bowling Green plant  The second shift and additional jobs will support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. (Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors)
A General Motors employee works on the Corvette assembly line Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. GM announced today, the company is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at the Bowling Green plant The second shift and additional jobs will support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18. (Photo by Miranda Pederson for General Motors)

Since 2011, GM has invested more than $900 million into Bowling Green. This includes investments towards a new body shop, increased engine capacity, new paint shop, a new Performance Build Center, and additional plant upgrades.

Bowling Green Assembly has produced more than one million Corvettes since it opened in 1981. The plant has the largest solar array of any automaker in Kentucky, and its annual economic impact includes more than $76 million in state wages and $15 million in income tax. 

Known around the world as America’s sports car, the first-generation Corvette was introduced as a 1953 model year. Originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, it generated enough interest to go into production.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Motorama Show Car.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Motorama Show Car.

The seventh and most current generation Corvette was revealed in January 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and was the first to bring back the Stingray nameplate since 1976. The final production seventh generation Corvette will be auctioned off this summer with proceeds benefitting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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