Production at the plant ground to a halt on September 16, along with all of General Motors‘ U.S. plants, pushing back the initial delivery date of the first customer examples of the C8 Corvette Stingray. Bowling Green has yet to start actually building the eight-generation version of Chevrolet‘s iconic two-door sports car, with GM still working to fulfill a number of C7 Corvette orders. Once those are complete, Bowling Green Assembly will shut down for three weeks to retool and prepare to build the mid-engine C8 Corvette Stingray and C8 Corvette Convertible.
“We’re back right now producing the seventh-generation corvette,” Bowling Green Assembly communications manager, Rachel Bagshaw, told local Bowling Green ABC affiliate WBKO. “We are going to undergo some launch-related downtime that’s between the weeks of November 18th through December 6th.”
Unionized workers at Bowling Green rejected the GM contract, with 487 employees voting no on the proposal and 393 voting yes. Hourly employees at Bowling Green are represented by UAW Local 2164.
“I think they’re feeling, you know, that they’re glad they are back to work, but they would have liked to see more things they wanted in the contract,” Local 2164 President, Jack Bowers, told WBKO. “That speaks for how close the votes were and some of the ‘no’ votes, but at the end of the day it’s going to be good everyone gets back to work.”
C8 Corvette buyers who were previously projected to receive their vehicles in December will now receive them in late January. Only a handful of buyers will take delivery in January, however, with many early buyers of the 2020 model year-version of the vehicle expected to receive their vehicles in February. GM had previously said C8 Corvette production would not be impacted by the UAW walkout, though the 40-day strike likely carried on for longer than the automaker expected.
Check out the WBKO report embedded below for a little more information on the situation in Bowling Green as employees head back to work.