GM Corvette plant shutdowns scheduled through July

By Jere Downs • jdowns@courier-journal.com • March 30, 2009

Slow Corvette sales have shut down the General Motors Corp. plant in Bowling Green this week and next, as well as the first two weeks of May, June and July, United Auto Workers Local 2164 Financial Secretary Cindy Shelton said today.

When workers return later this month, Corvette production will slow further to a pace of 8 vehicles produced per hour from an11-per-hour pace. The changes were announced to workers last Friday, Shelton said.

Corvette Plant manager Paul Graham and General Motors spokeswoman Sharon Basel did not be immediately return a call seeking comment.

“We are not hardly running,” Shelton said of the plant that employs only 400 people, down from a peak of 1,000 two years ago.

Phones at UAW Local 2164 have been ringing all day she said, with callers anxious about what the resignation of GM Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner and what other changes announced by President Barack Obama will mean for the plant.

“We are all worried and we are all waiting,” Shelton, 48, said. “Retirees are worried about their pension if GM goes bankrupt and the rest of us are just worried if we will be here next week.”