General Motors announced on Thursday that the 2014 Corvette will completely break with tradition. The vehicle will carry over only two parts from the current model which is why the company needs to close the Bowling Green plant for six months, according to ABC News.
Many changes are foreseen in the following period for General Motor’s plant in Bowling Green. The modifications will be enacted so General Motors could start the production of the new Corvette model due to be released in 2014. The assembly plant will, thus, close its gates for at least six months to be modernized with new equipment.
General Motors has revamped assembly plants before, but the extensive scope of the current retooling requires the temporary shutdown of the fabrication facility. The new equipment is necessary for the Corvette models that will be produced starting from the third quarter of 2013. The 2014 Corvette will completely break with tradition as there are only two elements that will be carried over from the current models, namely, the interior cabin air filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel.
Production will cease in February and for the upcoming months, employees will work to renovate the assembly plant, to provide it with new tools and to retrain employees to understand the mechanisms of the new equipment. The 700 people who normally work at the south-central Kentucky plant will be temporarily laid off during the production down time. However, plant manager Dave Tatman reassured everyone that the layoffs will not last longer than several days, so people need not be afraid they will lose their jobs.
As a matter of fact, the $131 million investments that will be made in the plant will create around 250 jobs. At the end of 2013, it will be very difficult to find Corvette cars on the market, but the new line will be available at the beginning of the next year. The company recently revealed a new Crossed Flags logo with much more technical, detailed and modern flags.