From September 14th, GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant will no longer accept visitors as it prepares for the next-generation Corvette.
Bowling Green Assembly Plant usually attracts between 40,000 and 50,000 visitors annually through public tours. Beginning September 14th the plant will stop the tours and the automaker has not offered any information on when the facility will reopen its gates for the visitors. GM spokesman Monte Doran declared that the plant will be closed as the automaker prepares for the new Corvette, retooling the facility and tearing up pieces of the production line. GM will invest $131 million in the plant and will add 250 new jobs.
The company did not reveal when it will begin production of the new model or when it will reveal the car, but the Corvette is expected to debut as a 2014 model and could be out next year. The National Corvette Museum, which is located across the plant, also stopped the tours from July 30th. The museum is famous for its unique Corvette buyers’ tours, which, for $400, allow visitors to see how the Corvettes are being manufactured and for $500 they can also buy a leather-bound photo book which shows how their vehicle was built.