General Motors is building a new 450,000 square-foot paint shop as part of the expansion of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Set to begin this summer, the construction of the new shop will include significant technology improvements and will take about two years to finish.
With this project, GM will be able to think up even more interesting palates than Torch Red, Shark Gray Metallic and Laguna Blue Tintcoat, which are available on the 2015 Corvette. This paint shop is part of the $439 million investment at this plant, which assembles the iconic sports car from Chevrolet.
GM also announced that it will retain 150 jobs. This paint shop will occupy nearly half of the size of the existing production facility. So far, GM has invested about $135 million in the last four years for the Performance Build Center and the new Corvette Stingray.
After the announcement was made, a groundbreaking event was held for the paint shop. Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said that the Corvette is “one of Kentucky’s most-cherished icons” and that this expansion will contribute to making the company stay competitive.
The construction of the paint shop will not affect the production schedules of the Corvette. North American Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones said that because of this investment in technology, the automaker will continue to surpass sports car buyers’ expectations for many more years.
He added that these investments are proof that with every decision that GM makes is centered on the customer. UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said that the new paint shop will reflect the new body shop’s efficiencies and technologies that were put in together with the Stingray’s launch.
In 1981, the Bowling Green plant began to build the Corvette. It was previously produced in Flint, Mich., and St. Louis. Each of these plants exclusively produced the Corvette during their time. For the past 62 years, over 1.6 million units of the Corvette have been built.
This makes the Corvette the longest-running, continuously built passenger car in the world. In 2014, sales of the Corvette set a record, hitting its highest figure in 8 years, with nearly 38,000 cars sold worldwide.
Last year, the plant was visited by an all-time high of 56,000 tourists. Last year, the new Performance Build Center opened. In March, it started hosting customers in the Build Your Own Engine program. For more information about Bowling Green Assembly, please go to corvetteassembly.com