General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly plant was damaged after a tornado touched down in Kentucky last weekend, forcing the automaker to temporarily close the facility until the necessary repairs can be made.
The plant, which is the only facility that builds the C8 Corvette Stingray, may come back online sooner than expected thanks to help from the automaker’s Factory Zero and Spring Hill plants. According to The Detroit Free Press, the automaker has moved construction cranes from the Factory Zero and Spring Hill construction sites to Bowling Green to help assist with the post-tornado repairs. Some building material was also moved from Factory Zero to Kentucky this week.
Jason Watson, president of the UAW Local 2164 branch that represents Bowling Green Assembly plant workers, told The Detroit Free Press that GM is first focusing on performing exterior repairs to the plant before turning its attention to some of the interior damage that occurred. The automaker confirmed Monday the plant had suffered roof damage and a small fire, while an employee entrance was also left in disrepair.
“There’s all kinds of visible damage throughout the building and structural things,” Watson told the newspaper. “The building itself is what they’re trying to concentrate on because there are multiple areas of the roof that were compromised and various siding surrounding the plant. They can’t determine yet if there’s damage to equipment or line, they’re not turning it on yet.”
GM is currently performing major renovations at Factory Zero as it converts the site to a dedicated EV production facility. Similarly, Spring Hill is undergoing major renovations to prepare for production of the Cadillac Lyriq and perhaps a future Acura electric crossover as well.
It’s unclear when production of the C8 Corvette Stingray will restart at Bowling Green Assembly, however a spokesperson said the production shutdown is so far only in place for this week.