General Motors spending $439M for upgrades to Corvette plant

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — General Motors is spending $439 million to upgrade the Kentucky plant that makes the Chevrolet Corvette sports car.

The project includes a new 450,000-square-foot paint shop that is almost half the size of the current production facility in Bowling Green.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and take about two years to complete. The new facility will feature new tooling and robots, and environmental enhancements like dry scrubbing technology designed to eliminate sludge water and waste and high-efficiency baking ovens to lower energy use.

GM said Thursday’s announcement will result in the retention of 150 jobs at the plant. The announcement follows a previous investment of $135 million in the plant over the last four years for the new Corvette Stingray and Performance Build Center.

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