By Lorie Hailey
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Nov. 28, 2012) – General Motors is hiring about 150 temporary workers to help with the launch of the next-generation Corvette, a company spokesperson said Wednesday.
The Bowling Green Assembly Plant is still finalizing how many workers it will need, according to plant spokesperson Andrea Hales. The workers will be used on a short-term basis, she said, and will allow the current crew to take needed vacations and other time off before the launch of the 2014 Corvette. (The seventh generation of the iconic sports car will make its debut Jan. 13 in Detroit.)
The plant has been hiring workers “through an employee referral process and folks have been applying for the jobs at our unemployment office,” Hales said.
Production at the 31-year-old plant will stop in February to make way for retooling and renovating the body shop and retraining employees. Production on the new Corvette will begin in the third quarter of 2013.
Idling the plant was necessary because the 2014 Corvette will be dramatically different from the Corvettes manufactured there now, a company spokesperson said previously. GM is investing $131 million in the plant for the vehicle’s production.
Only two parts currently being used will be carried over: the interior cabin air filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel.
GM officials have been mum on the car’s design details, but released a copy of the car’s new Crossed Flags emblem in October.