With many settling into their respective Fourth of July celebrations, we thought it might be a good idea to reflect on some of the truest embodiments of the phrase “American Made” we could think of – the Chevrolet Corvette and the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant.
While the former is known the world over as one of the greatest American sports cars of all time, the latter doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. Since 1981, GM has produced the Chevrolet Corvette exclusively at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Since then, this 1.7 million-square-foot facility has stood watch over a number of important milestones. On July 2nd, 1992, the Bowling Green plant produced the 1 millionth Chevrolet Corvette and in June of 2003, the facility marked the 50th anniversary of the Corvette with a special edition package.
Beyond the history though, the Bowling Green Plant holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Chevrolet Corvette owners for other reasons. Some buyers elect to pick up their new Vette at the National Corvette Museum, which is located just over a mile from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
Earlier on in the Corvette C7 lifecycle, buyers could even elect to work with an on-site builder to put together their very own LT4 V8 engine at the facility’s Performance Build Center. It’s this sort of access and democratization that make this vehicle and facility truly stand out as American made.
Notably, the Chevrolet Corvette wasn’t always produced at the Bowling Green Plant. The first 300 examples were produced by hand in Flint, Michigan, after which production moved to St. Louis.
These days, however, Kentucky is not only the current home for the nameplate, but its future as well. Back in April, GM announced it would add 400 jobs and a second shift to the facility to help usher along production of the upcoming 2020 mid-engine Corvette C8, which will debut on July 18th.
GM Authority will be on hand at the reveal event to cover the debut as it happens, documenting the evolution of this American-made icon as it rolls into an all-new eighth generation, so stay tuned. And don’t forget to subscribe to GM Authority for the latest Corvette news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.