General Motors has made many sizable investments into U.S. manufacturing facilities this year, totaling upwards $7 billion.
The National Corvette Museum captured the moments of the first beam being put into place for the Bowling Green Corvette assembly’s all-new paint shop. In honor of the first beam, the entire Bowling Green assembly signed the piece before construction really gets going in the beginning of 2016.
When Plant Manager, Kai Spande, was asked why a paint expansion is needed, he replied with, “This is for the customers. The paint technology used for the Corvette is special. Because we’re painting carbon fiber and specialized plastics, all off of the body, that demands processes that will only be used here. From an operational standpoint, we will have more automation, but that will be balanced out with increGM Corvette Plant Paint Shop Beamased complexity, so it doesn’t make our jobs easier, but it will make a better product for our customers.”
Project Manager for the construction, Marc Roberts, said his team will move at a steady pace, and plans to erect 50 pieces of steel per day. He hopes to have the building enclosed by May 2016, and the very first Corvette is scheduled to be painted at the new shop in April of 2017.