As confirmed by General Motors in an email to GM Authority, the second shift at the Corvette plant began work Monday, August 31st, 2020. The Bowling Green facility is the only plant in the world to manufacture the Chevrolet Corvette, as it has been since 1981.
The Corvette plant in Bowling green has produced more than one million Corvettes, and received more than $900 million in investments since 2011.
Back in April, General Motors announced it would add a second shift and 400 jobs to the Corvette plant in Kentucky in order to support production of the all-new C8 Corvette, bringing the total work force there up to more than 1,300 employees.
Then in November, it was reported that General Motors was in the process of hiring production workers for the Corvette plant in Bowling Green. The final C7-gen Corvette to roll off the line was auctioned off for $2.7 million, with proceeds from the sale benefiting injured service members.
Production of the new C8 Corvette has been something of an on-again, off-again affair. First slated to ramp up in December of 2019, production was subsequently pushed back to February as a result of the 2019 UAW strike. When production finally got under way, it was halted again as the first wave of COVID-19 swept across the U.S., with just 2,700 units built before General Motors shuttered North American production operations, including at the facility in Bowling Green. The Corvette plant then reopened in late May, and is currently working to produce a large backlog of 2020 Corvette orders.
Production of the 2021 model year Corvette is expected to commence this coming November. Many customers who ordered a 2020 Corvette have had their orders pushed back to the 2021 model year as a result of the numerous production delays previously mentioned.
As a reminder, the C8 Corvette is powered by the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 engine, which is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional factory performance exhaust system.