Corvette Plant in Bowling Green KY

Location: 600 Corvette Drive
Bowling Green, Kentucky. 42101 United States
Year Opened: 1981
Facility Size: 1 million square feet; 212 acres

Employee Information

Hourly: 753
Salaried: 121
Total: 874
Union Local: UAW Local 2164



GM began production of the esteemed Corvette in Bowling Green in 1981, and the facility has remained the exclusive home of the Corvette for over 30 years. Known around the world as America’s sports car, the Corvette exemplifies the definition of innovation. The Corvette is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passengar car with more than 1.6 million produced.  When the first Corvette rolled off the line over 60 years ago, it was born an icon. GM has continued this reputation for the car with six decades of refinement and innovation, raising the bar for performance cars with each generation. The Corvette Stingray is no exception; man and machine work in harmony to bring to life the perfect balance of technology, design and performance.

Corvette didn’t always call Kentucky home, however. In 1953, the first 300 were built by hand in Flint, Michigan, just after General Motors unveiled the Corvette as a “dream car” in the Motorama show in New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel. The following year, production moved to St. Louis. In June of 1981, Corvette production transferred from St. Louis to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Previously a Chrysler air-conditioning unit factory, the building was completely renovated within 14 months into a modern automotive facility twice the size of the previous structure. At the conclusion of the 1996 production year, the entire plant was gutted to make way for a totally redesigned manufacturing facility for the fifth generation Corvette. Production of the XLR began in June 2003 and ceased on April 30, 2009. The plant built the 1 millionth Corvette on July 2, 1992 and the 1.5 millionth on May 28, 2009. The 50th anniversary of the Corvette was celebrated in June 2003, marked with a special 50th anniversary Corvette package, and the 30th anniversary of Bowling Green Assembly was celebrated in June 2011.

On May 4, 2011, GM announced it would invest $131 million in the Bowling Green plant to support production of the Corvette Stingray, adding about 250 jobs. The plant upgrade in 2012 and 2013 included a brand new $52 million Body Shop in order to build the aluminum frame in-house for the first time. The all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show on January 13, 2013; production began 3rd quarter 2013. In addition, on January 30, 2013, GM announced a $3.5 million investment to relocate its Performance Build Center from Michigan to the Bowling Green Plant. The Camaro Z/28 and Corvette Z06 engines are currently built in this area. Beginning March, 2015 the exclusive Engine Build Experience became available to Corvette Z06 customers. This program allows aficionados to assemble the 650-hp supercharged LT4 engine for their cars. The $5,000 package includes a full day with a Performance Build Center engine assembly technician who instructs and oversees the build, a personalized engine plaque identifying the owner/builder and the date of the engine build, and professional photography of the experience.

Garnering such awards as J.D. Power’s Top GM Model in 2009, Best in Segment award in 2009, 2002 and 2001, the Bronze Plant Award in 2009 and the Silver Plant Award in 2002, Bowling Green Assembly is committed to continuous improvement and producing the highest quality cars. In 2009, JD Power and Associates not only ranked Corvette as the top GM model for quality, but the 5th model across the industry.

Located just off I-65 at exit 28, General Motors Bowling Green Assembly is proud to be the only “Home of the Corvette”. Eight hundred production workers, represented by the UAW Local 2164, help assemble these vehicles on a one-shift, 8-hour, Monday-Friday production schedule. Approximately 50,000 tourists from around the world visit the plant annually to catch a glimpse of the manufacturing process at Bowling Green Assembly. In addition, the plant has partnered with the National Corvette Museum to enable Corvette enthusiasts the opportunity to watch their own Corvette being built, take a personalized tour of the facility and special delivery of their car, and acquire an exclusive photo book to commemorate the manufacturing process and “birth” of their Corvette. For more information about the Bowling Green plant, please visit its website at


  • 2013/2014; $3.5 million for Performance Build Center
  • 2012/13; $131 million for C7 changeover
  • 7/07; $4,500,000 for conveyor addition/rearrangement
  • 2005; $5,000,000 for Andon/global error proofing
  • 2005; $12,000,000 for ELPO paint system
  • 4/05; $19,000,000 for C6 model change
  • 4/05; $3,000,000 for paint sludge system/air balance



  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe – production began 3rd quarter 2014
  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible – production began 3rd quarter 2014
  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe and Convertible Manual – production began 4th quarter 2014
  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe and Convertible Automatic – available early 2015
  • 2015 LS7 7.0L V-8 engine for Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – production began 2nd quarter 2014
  • 2015 LT4 6.2L V-8 engine for Corvette Z06 -production began 3rd quarter 2014


Corvette C7

• Top Gear Muscle Car of the Year – 2015 Z06
• Ward’s 10 Best Engines – 2015
• Kelley Blue Book Best Buy (Performance Car) – 2015
• Car and Driver 10 Best – 2015
• Car and Driver Editor’s Choice Sports Cars – 2015
• Consumer Guide Best Buy Premium Sporty/Performance – 2015
• Edmunds Most Popular Midrange Sport Car – 2015
• North American Car of the Year – 2014
• Edmunds Best New Year’s Resolution Cars, Most Exciting Cars, Best Cars for Long Road Trips AND Top Rated Coupes – 2014
• Ward’s 10 Best Interiors – 2014
• Automobile Magazine Automobile of the Year – 2014
• Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value – 2014
• Popular Mechanics Top 10 of the Year (performance) – 2014
• Road & Track Performance Car of the Year – 2013
• Autoweek 2014 Best of the Best – 2013
• Motor Press Guild 2013 Innovation Vehicle of the Year – 2013
• Forbes Hottest New Car of the Year – 2013
• Popular Science Best of What’s New – 2013
• Yahoo! Car of the Year – 2013
• Esquire Automotive Event of the Year – 2013
• Men’s Health Car of the Year – 2013
• Intellichoice & AutoPacific Motorist Choice Awards – 2013
• Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Best New Sports/Performance Car – 2013
• Autoweek: 2014 Corvette Stingray NAIAS Best in Show – 2013
• 2009; Corvette ranked Best GM Model and 5th across the industry for quality by JD Power
• 2009, 2002, 2001; Corvette named Best in Segment by JD Power
*The 2014 Corvette Stingray was the most awarded car in the industry in 2013.
Assembly Plant
  • 9/14; Bowling Green Assembly receives first place award in area March of Dimes Walk for Babies – raising $19,000
  • Bowling Green Assembly received two awards for its 2013 United Way campaign, including Highest Giving Increase and #3 of the top 10 area campaigns, with a total donation of $108,000.
  • 9/13; Bowling Green Assembly receives 2nd place award in area Alzheimer’s Walk – raising just over $5,500
  • 11/12; Wildlife Habitat Certification, Wildlife Habitat Council (recertified Nov. 2014)
  • 9/11; Bowling Green Assembly receives John B. Holland Business of the Year award from the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009; Bowling Green Assembly receives JD Power bronze plant award for quality
  • 2002; Bowling Green Assembly receives JD Power silver plant award for quality


Economic Impact (2013):                   
Wages: $88.4 million
Payroll Taxes: $18 million

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