General Motors, the largest US automaker and the third biggest in the world, pledged this month it would invest $5.4 billion in the next few years to recondition and upgrade its 40 US production facilities.
As part of the massive spending program, the automaker also announced it would use $439 million on a new Corvette paint shop, to be constructed at the Bowling Green, Kentucky factory where the company outputs its Chevrolet Corvette sports car. The Corvette paint shop will have a surface of 450,000-square-feet, with building due to commence this summer and last for around two years, allowing the assembly facility to safeguard 150 current jobs. “The Corvette is one of Kentucky’s most-cherished icons,” commented Governor Crit Luallen. “Such a significant expansion of the Bowling Green assembly plant will help the company remain competitive in the region and around the world.” The money would be spent on the purchase of dry scrubber booth technology with limestone handling system, which can eliminate sludge water, with light-emitting diode (LED) lighting to handle visual inspection. There will also be used FANUC robots and high-efficiency baking ovens for better finish and less energy usage.
General Motors has been delivering Corvettes from the Bowling Green plant since 1981, with the paint shop investment more than triple the amount the company used to upgrade and prepare the factory to handle the production duties of the Corvette Stingray. Sales of the model have been at an eight-year record level last year at around 38,000 units delivered worldwide.