With the new ‘Vette now imminent, production is gearing up to meet anticipated demand

General Motors just announced that it will add more than 400 hourly jobs and a second shift of workers to its production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, upping the plant’s total workforce to over 1,300. The strengthened production capacity is intended to meet demand for the forthcoming C8 Corvette, which will debut July 18th.

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For the past eight years, GM has poured money into its Bowling Green plant, investing more than $900 million with the creation of a new Performance Build Center, a new paint shop, a new body shop, and increased engine production capacity. No doubt some of the investment also includes the tooling required to build the new mid-engine C8.

Despite earlier rumors that GM might move Corvette production to Mexico, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra reiterated the company’s commitment to building the star-spangled sports car in the U.S.

“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,” Barra said. “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.”

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GM’s Bowling Green plant has produced more than one million Corvettes since 1981, so it’s no surprise Chevy will stay stateside with its most-famous sports car.

However, we’re still chomping at the bit to learn more about the C8’s specs, particularly when it comes to the powertrain. The latest rumors point to a base-model 6.2-liter V-8 producing 460 horsepower, followed by a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 producing 755 horsepower. There might even be range-topping hybrid laying down four-figures. Stay tuned, as additional info is sure to be revealed as the C8’s debut nears.

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

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.”

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.

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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