General Motors is making a major investment in the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green.
Top executives from the automaker held a news conference at the factory on Thursday afternoon to announce that GM is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs to support production of the new production of a new Corvette model, known as the C8.
Despite criticism from President Trump over GM closing the Lordstown, Ohio plant earlier this year, CEO Mary Barra said GM is committed to keeping production in America.
“Since 2009, we’ve invested more than $22 billion," stated Barra. "In this plant alone, more than $900 million. We’re investing in this country, creating in good paying jobs, and we’re really proud of that.”
The additional jobs would push the Corvette plant’s total employment beyond 1,300.
Barra said she anticipates some of the laid off workers from Lordstown and other GM plants to relocate to Bowling Green. Barra didn’t give a timetable for hiring or the start of production.
The Corvette Assembly Plant is expected to produce about 10,000 mid-engine Corvettes in the first year of production. Features of the next generation Corvette are under wraps until an official unveiling on July 18.
The car is expected to go on sale in 2020.