And it will take place at the National Corvette Museum.
Amidst those controversial GM layoffs, some good news is expected to be announced later today by GM CEO Mary Barra. According to a Facebook post by the National Corvette Museum located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Barra could reveal plans for a second shift at the nearby Corvette manufacturing plant in order to keep up with expected high demand for the all-new C8.
As we already know, the C8 will officially be revealed this July 18 and there's already huge hype. Some Chevrolet dealerships have already been rumored to be taking orders from anxious customers. Barra's announcement could also reveal the location of that July reveal, which could very well be in Bowling Green.
More than likely, Barra's news will be aimed at C8 Corvette manufacturing itself because she'll be joined by GM Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing Gerald Johnson, United Auto Workers Vice President Terry Dites, and various local, state, and federal officials. Bowling Green has been home to every Corvette dating back to 1981. Prior to that, Corvettes were built in St. Louis, Missouri.
We've known for months now that GM has been re-tooling Bowling Green for C8 preparation and those plant upgrades are not exactly cheap. A total of $349 million has reportedly been spent to get the factory ready to go for the C8. Given that huge investment and expected high demand, it makes complete sense to add a second shift to crank out new C8s.
It's also possible some previously laid-off employees from the Chevy Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio have chosen to be re-located to Kentucky to join the Corvette team. And, in case you're wondering, there's no chance Corvette production will move to Mexico. We once asked Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter whether this could ever be a possibility and he was adamant Bowling Green, Kentucky will continue to be the Corvette's home for as long as Corvettes are around. Stay tuned for more updates.