General Motors has, like many other manufacturing facilities across the country, been forced to make changes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, some new reports indicate that C8 Corvette production has continued. In a New York Times article, it was reported that some GM facilities have stayed open, and not just the ones making ventilators.
The company’s Bedford, Indiana plant has been running three shifts since April, and it is making chassis for the Corvette C8. The shifts operate on a skeleton crew of 20 people instead of roughly 250 employees that usually work there. Also, additional safety protocols are in place and the employees working there volunteered to work. Those folks aren’t receiving hazard pay, just their regular wage.
The Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is still closed. However, these other facilities can make things like the chassis so that when the Bowling Green facility re-opens, it will be able to hit the ground running and really churn out the C8 Corvette.
The New York Times also reported that this facility isn’t the only one still open. It sounds like multiple GM facilities are operating in similar ways. The Arlington, Texas plant is one that’s pointed to, and Lockport New York is another. With all this in mind, we think the C8 production could come back soon.