We’re seeing where more of the $5.4 billion investment General Motors announced for U.S manufacturing facilities is going to be allotted for. Today, GM said $439 million of that sum will be headed to Bowling Green, Kentucky for improvements of the Corvette manufacturing process.
The biggest upgrade coming to the Bowling Green plant will be the addition of a new paint shop, which will span 450,000 square-feet. To put that in perspective, that’s nearly half the size of the entire Bowling Green facility as is. The new facility will also include longer, more-efficient baking ovens for greater paint finish and higher efficiency.
Along with new tooling and robotics, Dry Scrubber Booth technology and Limestone Handling System will eliminate sludge-water and waste, and plans for a new LED lighting deck will enhance visual inspection of Corvettes while reducing energy costs.
“This new paint shop will mirror the efficiencies and technologies of the new body shop, installed with the launch of the Stingray. Hardworking UAW members have proudly built vehicles in Bowling Green for more than 30 years, and we are pleased to be a part of such a significant facility upgrade,” UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada
Production of the new paint shop will begin this summer and take two years to complete, but GM says 2016 C7 Corvette production will not be affected in the slightest.