A number of C8 Corvette Stingray units were damaged in the tornado that touched down near the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant last week, according to a memo that was circulated to Chevrolet dealerships this week.
The memo indicates 115 examples of the C8 Corvette Stingray were damaged beyond repair in the tornadoes and must be scrapped. Dealers who placed customer orders for cars affected by this turn of events will need to re-submit their order. GM says that allocation numbers for the next round of 2022 Corvette orders appear to not have been negatively affected, so dealers will be able to place new orders according to last week’s order numbers.
Unfortunately, the 115 cars that were damaged whilst sitting inside the plant may not be the only cars that will be scrapped. The memo says Corvettes that were sitting outside in the back of the factory awaiting shipping are still being assessed for damage. These vehicles are currently being held by the plant and will not be shipped to dealers until a full assessment is completed.
GM was already struggling to keep up with demand for the C8 Corvette Stingray and this unfortunate turn of events will likely delay deliveries of the 2022 Corvette even further. Production at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant is also paused this week as the automaker assesses the damage done to the plant, which included roof damage and a minor amount of fire damage.
“Maintaining a safe work environment for plant employees is our top priority,” a plant spokesperson said this week. “Therefore, we are cancelling production on first and second shift the week of December 13th as our trained teams work to get tooling, equipment, and the facility space up to standard.”
The GM Bowling Green Assembly plant employs 1,200 hourly workers and 180 salaried workers. Hourly workers there are represented by UAW Local 2164.