Bowling Green Plant Open For Over 33 Years!

Amazing Success!

Bowling Green Assembly Plant Sign

The Corvette got its birth rights at a plant in Flint, Michigan where in 1953, three hundred of the first Corvettes where hand built! Production of the Corvette moved only one year later to a facility in St. Louis, Missouri, where the car was manufactured for 27 years. And then on June 1, 1981 Chevrolet opened the plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky where the Corvette has been produced ever since. The new Corvette production factory is a one million square foot facility spread over 212 acres with close to nine hundred employees working there on our precious Corvettes!  Chevrolet has invested an estimated $178 million into the Bowling Green plant from 1996 to 2014 for such things as model changeovers, new paint and conveyor systems, and the most recent remodel for the new C7 model!

A Little Unknown Fact

 A little unknown fact about the Corvette is that Corvette is the longest running, continuously produced passenger car in the world with over sixty years of history! In 2014, Chevrolet celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Corvette Stingray introducing a Premiere Edition limited production model commemorating this monumental historical event coinciding the launching of the new C7 generation.

The Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition comes in Laguna Blue on the outside with Brownstone suede on the inside and a ‘stinger’ hood stripe. Stingray logos appear on the sill plates, wheel caps, and custom Corvette branded luggage!

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition

General Motors’ Chevrolet Division has manufactured this thrilling American icon for six decades and for the next new edition of the Corvette, it has raised the bar! The new seventh generation takes ‘high performance’ to a whole new level blending a perfect balance of technology, design and speed in the new Stingray!
Chevrolet has continued to upgrade the Bowling Green plant by doubling the original size of the old Chrysler air-conditioning unit factory, then at the end of the production year for 1996, the entire plant was remodeled again making way for the fifth generation of the Corvette for 1997. Another GM model, the Cadillac XLR, was also produced here at the Bowling Green facility from June 2003 through April 2009. This vehicle was based on Corvette’s Y platform and was Cadillac’s flagship sports car being the second roadster offered by Cadillac.

The One Millionth Corvette

1992 One Millionth Corvette

Corvette celebrated its one millionth production car on July 2, 1992 which, of course, was transferred to the Corvette Museum on the same property of the plant. Corvette kept celebrating production years and on May 28, 2009 the 1.5 millionth Corvette was born! By June of 2003, Bowling Green yet had another anniversary by launching the 5oth Anniversary of the Corvette, introducing a very special 50th Anniversary Edition package. And in June of 2011, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant celebrated thirty years of producing Corvette on this site.

GM would announce another first in May of 2011, by communicating to the press the largest Bowling Green Assembly Plant investment upgrade ever of $131 million to support the production of Corvette Stingray. The plant continued to upgrade in 2012 and 2013 on a new $52 million body shop to produce the now famous aluminum frame in-house for the first time. Production of the all new C7 2014 Corvette Stingray began in the third quarter of 2013. Corvette continues its firsts by the announcement of the exclusive Engine Build Experience, a program designed for Corvette enthusiasts, available to Corvette Z06 customers in March 2015.

Chevrolet C7 Corvette 650 HP Engine

A personal Performance Build Center engine assembly technician is married to the Corvette enthusiust for a full day while you follow the assembly of your new 650-hp supercharged LT4 engine for their cars. This $5,000 option allows you to own a personalized engine plaque identifying the owner and builder and the date of the engine build, as well as professional photos of the day!

Corvette’s Assembly Plant Grows

And for Corvette’s newest announcement, GM will build a new 450,000 square foot paint shop, investing $439 million at the plant. This will also include facility upgrades to the existing plant. This giant undertaking will begin in the summer 2015 and completed by September 2017.

The General Motors Bowling Green Assembly has over eight hundred production workers represented by the UAW Local 2164. The plant runs a single 8 hour shift, Monday through Friday, production schedule.  Approximately 50,000 Corvette enthusists from all over the world tour the plant each year to capture a view of the production process assembly.

Chevrolet C5 Corvette Assembly Plant

A couple of quotes from a plant spokes person: “We’re working hard every day to make sure that this is the best car the plant has ever produced.”  “We’re taking great pride to ensure that the quality of the car is at the same level as the design of the car.”

The Bowling Green plant is an advocate for US military veterans putting to work one of the best kind of employee! When you hire a Vet, you get a team player, who has discipline in their work and take pride in their work. Out US military veterans deserve a good job at a great plant with great management surrounding them.

Buy any other sports car and all you get is today’s car. Buy a Corvette and you buy a piece of tomorrow! And that’s why we call this Corvette Dreamer!

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