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GM Invests $439 Million in Corvette Plant, New Paint Shop Planned

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/21/2015 Jason Udy
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Bowling Green assembly plant© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Bowling Green assembly plant

GM is investing $439 million into its Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant where the Chevrolet Corvette is produced. A new paint shop makes up a large chunk of the investment. The new investment is in addition to about $135 million the automaker has invested over the past four years in preparation for C7 Corvette Stingray production and the Performance Build Center.

At 450,000 sq.-ft., the new paint booth is nearly half the size of the entire current production facility. Construction of the new paint shop will begin this summer and is expected to take two years to complete. The expansion is said to feature “substantial technology upgrades” including new tooling and robots. Other features include Dry Scrubber Booth Technology with Limestone Handling System to reduce sludge water and waste; LED lighting for enhanced paint inspection and reduced energy use; new more efficient FANUC robots for a smoother finish and reduced material use; and new high-efficiency baking ovens for improved paint finish and reduced energy use.

Additionally, the investment will retain 150 existing jobs. Current Corvette production will be unaffected during construction of the new paint booth. The new investment is part of the $5.4 billion GM will invest over the next three years in U.S. facilities.

Source: GM

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