Bowling Green grows yet again.
High demand for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has prompted General Motors to expand its facilities at Bowling Green, Ky. yet again.
Specifically, GM will invest $44 million USD into Bowling Green’s Performance Build Center, which is responsible for producing the automaker’s LT4 engine that powers the Corvette Z06. The 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 is mostly hand built and is also used for the Cadillac CTS-V sports sedan where it produces 640 hp.
The center will continue to run its Build Your Own Engine program that allows customers to participate in building their vehicle’s LT4. The program now costs $5,000 USD and includes an engine plaque and photography.
GM says the investment will add at least 36 new employees to the Performance Build Center alone. This is on top of the $439 million USD GM recently spentto accommodate the plant’s new massive paint shop expected to occupy 450,000 square feet of space. Construction started in the summer and is expected to be completed in 2 years.
Bowling Green is currently home to 905 employees and is GM’s only facility that builds the Corvette. The plant previously received a major upgrade for the arrival of the seven-generation Corvette, including an in-house body shop that produces the aluminum frame.