The Bowling Green, Kentucky plant will up its workforce to 1,300.
The C8 Corvette is just three months away from its official reveal, and General Motors is ramping up production to meet the demand.
Today the company announced it is adding 400 hourly jobs to its Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant to build the next-generation model. In total, the site will have 1,300 workers. GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement, “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. This is the workforce that can deliver a next generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and equally exciting future, and today’s announcemnet gets us one step closer to its reveal on July 18.”
GM says it has invested more than $900 million into Bowling Green since 2011. In doing so, the company put the money toward a new body shop, engine production, a new paint shop, a new Performance Build Center and other upgrades.
This C8 Corvette is going to be a major departure from the past four decades. It’s mid-engine layout will have a huge impact on how workers at Bowling Green build the car, and how it will drive when we get the chance to actually drive it.
At this point, the new Corvette will come with a 6.2-liter V8 putting out around 500 horsepower — up from 455 in the current base model. Power will be routed to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. However, the manual option will die with the C7. Stay tuned for more updates! In the meantime, check out our news video below: