General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant, Bowling Green

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The Bowling Green Assembly Plant is a General Motors automobile factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is a specialized plant assembling GM's Y-body sports cars, the Chevrolet Corvette and formerly the Cadillac XLR.
The first 300 Corvettes were hand built at a plant in Flint, Michigan in 1953. Production was moved the next year to a facility in St. Louis, Missouri and then finally ended up in 1981 at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. General Motors opened the Bowling Green plant for production on June 1 that year, with most of the 900 Corvette workers from St. Louis transferring to the new plant. What was once an abandoned Chrysler air-conditioning unit factory is now a one million square foot facility that employs almost one thousand people. Guided tours of the plant are available throughout the year on weekdays, three times a day.
Many large investments have been made to keep the plant as updated and cutting edge as possible. As the Corvette improves throughout the years, the technology to create it has to be revamped as well.
Performance Build CenterThe performance build center allows engine aficionados to build their own specialty engines. With the relocation of the performance build center from Michigan to Bowling Green, it allows customers to be able to build and watch the production of their car all in now one location. The opening of this center in Bowling Green is adding 20 new or relocated jobs to the community as well.
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  • If you're already touring the museum the factory is a must. However keep in mind if juggling both in one day it can be tight with coordination necessary. The tickets are obtained at the museum only....  more »
  • Took at least 4 tours of the plant with school kids and a group from Ecuador and have always had nothing but positive feed back. if you are interested at all in corvettes take the tour.  more »

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