General Motors Announces Major $439 Million Expansion Project at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant

Facility Upgrades Will Include a New Paint Shop

Published Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – May 21, 2015 – Today, community and civic leaders, including Kentucky Lt. Gov.  Crit Luallen, convened for General Motors’ announcement of a $439 million expansion at the home of the Chevrolet Corvette. The facility upgrades include a new 450,000-square-foot paint shop.

GM’s announcement at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant today marks Kentucky’s third-largest motor vehicle-related capital investment in the last five years for manufacturing expansion projects. Additionally, the total investment for GM’s 2015 expansion in Bowling Green is larger than the total investment by all companies for expansion projects in South Central Kentucky in each individual year from 2004-14.

“The Corvette is one of Kentucky’s most cherished icons,” Luallen said. “Such a significant expansion of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will help the company remain competitive in the region and around the world.”

The current 1 million-square-foot facility, which opened in 1981, sits on 212 acres and employs 1,000. The Bowling Green Assembly Plant is the only home to the iconic Corvette, currently producing the 2015 Corvette Stingray and the 2015 Corvette Z06. Both the Corvette Z06 and Camaro Z/28 engines are built in Bowling Green.

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant has experienced outstanding growth in recent years. In January 2013, GM announced the relocation of its Performance Build Center from Wixom, Mich., to Bowling Green. The Performance Build Center, which opened its doors in Bowling Green last year, allows engine aficionados to build their own specialty engines. The move was backed by a $3.5 million investment and created 20 jobs. Additionally, in May 2011, GM announced a $131 million investment for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant to support the production of the next-generation Corvette. Today’s announcement brings their total capital investment in five years to more than $570 million.

“Since opening their doors in Bowling Green over 30 years ago, GM has been an excellent corporate citizen to our community,” said Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “We are delighted GM has chosen to expand here, and are thankful for their support of Bowling Green. Today, I’m happy to congratulate GM on all of their successes and wish the company the best of luck in the future.”

“Yet again, GM has proven South Central Kentucky is an ideal location for companies by finding great success and continuing to invest in our region,” said Mike Buchanon, Warren County Judge-Executive. “GM has set the standard of a successful business, and it’s such a privilege to see their continued growth.”

For more than 30 years, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant has positively impacted the community while building America’s favorite sports car. As a landmark along Interstate 65, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, in partnership with the National Corvette Museum, drives tourism for car enthusiasts, tourists and citizens alike. Approximately 50,000 tourists from around the world visit the plant annually to see American manufacturing firsthand.

GM is committed to more than manufacturing the world’s longest-running, continuously produced sports car. The Bowling Green Assembly Plant is committed to the Bowling Green community through volunteerism and fundraising for a variety of charitable organizations and sectors. In 2014 alone, the plant, its employees and the GM Foundation gave more than $350,000 to various community entities throughout the region, including those in arts and entertainment, education and many other sectors.

In 2015, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce’s announced projects will bring a total capital investment of more than $737,889,600 and create 610 new jobs for a banner year in South Central Kentucky economic development.

For more information on GM, visit http://media.gm.com.

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About Chevrolet:

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:

Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,200 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region. Learn more about South Central Kentucky’s advantages at http://www.southcentralky.com/.

Contact:
Caitlin Greenwell
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
270-901-4752
caitlin@bgchamber.com