The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green has opened a new educational driving simulator theater, a learning tool designed to instruct visitors on realistic driving situations. The one-of-a-kind theater features realistic driving scenarios played out on simulated highways in urban and rural settings and in different weather conditions. As drivers maneuver the simulator, they feel tension on the steering wheel, feel the car react to the road surface, and hear highway and vehicle sounds. The experience includes a variety of common driving tasks, taking drivers through situations involving some of the most prevalent factors in highway crashes. The Corvette Museum, which is one of the area’s top tourist attractions, received a $198,000 Transportation Enhancement award in 2007 to fund the project.
Country Oven Bakery is expanding its operations in Bowling Green and will add 33 new jobs as a result of the expansion. The Bowling Green bakery, which is owned by The Kroger Co., produces frozen dough products, breads and iced cakes for Kroger. The expansion will add 50,000 s.f. to the company’s existing 177,000-s.f. facility to accommodate a second cake line. Country Oven Bakery currently employs 450 people with a total annual payroll of $22.3 million. The new jobs will have an average annual wage of nearly $50,000 including benefits.