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GM injects US$44m into Bowling Green Assembly plant

By Simon Warburton | 10 December 2015

General Motors is to plough US$44m in the Bowling Green Assembly plant to support increased capacity in its Performance Build Centre, adding 36 new jobs.

Construction and tool re-arrangement is planned to start in January, 2016, with expansion of the Performance Build Centre fuelled by the Corvette Z06, which currently accounts for nearly a third of all Corvettes produced at Bowling Green Assembly.

The Centre also offers a 'Build Your Own Engine' programme, allowing customers to assemble the 650-hp supercharged LT4 engine for their cars.

The US$5,000 option package includes a full day with a Performance Build Centre engine assembly technician, who instructs and oversees the build, a personalised engine plaque identifying the customer and professional photography.

"Coupled with the investment, for US$439m for a new paint shop and facility upgrades announced in May, GM has committed US$483m to Bowling Green this year alone," said plant manager, Kai Spande.

"These significant investments indicate the company's confidence in Bowling Green, the Performance Build Centre and our skilled workforce."

Construction took place in 2013 and early 2014, with engine production beginning in the second quarter of 2014. The Centre produces the 2016 LT4 6.2L V-8 for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

GM has added 316 new jobs and invested a total of $617.5 million during the last four years at Bowling Green. 

. May 4, 2011: US$131m; 250 new jobs to support the new Corvette Stingray.

. January 30, 2013: US$3.5m; 30 new jobs to support the Performance Build Center move from Wixom, Michigan., to Bowling Green

. May 21, 2015: US$439m; 150 jobs retained to support a new paint shop and other facility upgrades.

. November 12, 2015: US$44m; 36 new jobs to support capacity increase at the Performance Build Centre.