Sales were up 2.5 percent through April.(Photo: AJ Mast / Chevrolet)
General Motors Co. said Thursday it will invest $439 million into its Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky for a new 450,000-square-foot paint shop, retaining 150 jobs.
The investment at GM's Chevrolet Corvette plant is part of $5.4 billion GM announced last month that it will spend at U.S. plants over three years, creating 650 new jobs. So far, GM has announced about $1.4 billion of that amount.
GM said construction on the new paint shop in Bowling Green will begin this summer and last about two years. GM said Corvette production won't be impacted by the construction.
The new paint shop will have "substantial technology upgrades" including new tooling and robots, the automaker said. The carmaker said the new paint shop will help the environment and the plant's efficiency. For example, by using new equipment and light-emitting diode or LED lighting, GM says it will lowers energy use and help improve visual paint inspections. Other upgrades will help GM cut 25 percent of paint material it uses.
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General Motors will invest $439 million in its Bowling Green Assembly Plant, adding a 450,000 square-foot paint shop.
As for jobs, the company in an announcement made today said it is retaining 150 of them with the expansion. The plant currently has about 1,000 employees.
The investment follows the $135 million General Motors spent here to completely retool the plant to build the award-winning Corvette Stingray and the Performance Build Center, where car buyers can either watch or help build their specialty engines.
General Motors in recent months has announced billions of dollars of improvements at plants across the country. In late April the company said it would spend $5.4 billion in the next three years. More than $780 million of that will be spent in Michigan where plant layoffs during the recession struck communities hard.
Construction will begin this summer and should take about two years. The new paint shop will include substantial upgrades in technology including:
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Larry Warden and Rob Allen at Warden & Company Garden Center and Florist on Broadway Avenue in Bowling Green said they will be working on Valentine’s Day – which falls on a Sunday this year. They will even deliver flowers to the restaurant where that special dinner reservation is planned.
“We can put them right on the table,” Warden said.
Warden & Company is also there for procrastinators, too.
“If a husband wakes up at 2 a.m. on Valentine’s Day and realizes he forgot to order the flowers, they can leave us a message and we’ll call them back,” said Allen, who has been designing floral arrangements for more than 20 years.
Allen said he enjoys putting together arrangements, especially a display of roses where each rose can be seen in the display.
“The key to this is quality,” he said.
“It’s got to be right,” Warden added.
The goal is to exceed customers’ expectations.
“When someone picks up their flowers and says, ‘Those are better looking that I thought they’d be,’ that keeps us going,” Allen said. “We’re tired when it is all over.”
A dozen long-stemmed roses for $59.99 is the big Valentine’s Day seller, Warden said.
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