Chevrolet Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra drive in a camouflaged next generation Corvette down 7th Avenue near Times Square Thursday, April 11, 2019 in New York, New York. The next generation Corvette will be unveiled on July 18. (Photo by Jennifer Altman for Chevrolet)
The C8 Corvette will bring more than the first mid-engine Corvette. It will also add 400 new jobs to the Bowling Green, Kentucky, facility. The facility will be adding another shift to help with the C8 Corvette production, and that means it needs to hire many more workers. The addition of the 400 employees will bump the total employees for the plant to around 1,300 according to local ABC news station 13 WBKO.
General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra made the announcement today. She was accompanied by Executive Vice President of Global manufacturing Gerald Johnson and United Workers Vice President Terry Dites to make the announcement. Barra congratulated the community on its efforts of helping build the Corvette brand into what it is today. She said this during the announcement:
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 an equally exciting future, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to its reveal on July 18.
It’s nice to see Barra and GM acknowledge the hard work of the people at the plant.GM has recently been under fire for closing plants in the U.S. and this is a notable shift. It’s good to know the Corvette will continue its legacy in Bowling Green into the C8’s lifetime. We’re even more excited for the reveal of the C8 in July now.