GM announces 400 new jobs

BOWLING GREEN Ky.- General Motors is revving up hiring at its Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon attended by hundreds of assembly plant workers, GM chief executive officer Mary Barra announced the company will be adding a second shift along with over 400 hourly jobs.

The reason for the new hires is a brand new Corvette set to debut in July The C8 mid-engine, which is set to hit the road July 18.

Many in public positions came out to hear the big news. Guests included U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

“Four hundred jobs, the ripple effect from that, the exponential multiplier of that, it means incredible things. It also continues to elevate this iconic brand. I can’t even express how grateful I am to GM and to Chevrolet for making this vote of confidence in Kentucky,” said Bevin.

Barra said the new opportunity reflects the company’s goal of quality manufacturing work.

“We are very committed to manufacturing in this country. This is represented by the fact that since 2009, we’ve invested $22 billion in this plant alone. We are investing in this country. We are creating good paying jobs, and we are really proud of that,” said Barra.

With the impact the Corvette has in South Central Kentucky, Barra said it’s essential for production to evolve, just as the Corvette does.

“We’ve got to respond appropriately to an industry that is dramatically changing and transforming. We intend to lead, and when we lead and win customers, that’s going to allow us to grow, and that means more good paying jobs,” said Barra.