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GM spending $439 million to upgrade Bowling Green Corvette plant

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WDRB) - It's hard to take your eyes away from the bright colored Corvettes going through the assembly line in Bowling Green.

Color is a critical step in producing the iconic cars and a $439 million investment from GM will help build a brand new paint shop at the facility.

"When I first heard we were really gonna do it, I was so excited," said plant manager Jeff Lamarche. "Because I know what it means. I know what it means to the quality of the vehicle and what it's going to mean to the customers for many many years."

The announcement came with employees looking on. GM says this won't create new jobs, but it will help keep 150 of them in Bowling Green.

"It was a smart move for us to continue the heritage of the car and the paint shop was necessary," said Arvin Jones, GM North America's Manufacturing Manager.

Officials broke ground at the site of the new facility Thursday. They say it'll be 450,000 square-feet. That's almost half as big as the current plant.

"When a company like General Motors is willing to make this level of investment in the future of this economy, what it means to other companies - internationally and nationally - is that Kentucky is competing," said Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen.

The new shop will also help Bowling Green Assembly prepare for what's to come. The paint will only be used for the cars made there.

Lamarche says if production picks up down the road, they'll be ready. It could also mean more colors for the Corvettes.

"Once you have something that's the latest and greatest of technology, you have those opportunities to think about what else could we do," he said.

GM started building Corvettes in Bowling Green in 1981.

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