Paint Shop Construction Begins at Corvette Assembly Plant

A 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray frame makes its way down the composite line in the brand-new $52 million Body Shop at General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. On the composite line, twenty one robots and two production teams work together to bond the composite panels to the frame. (Photo by AJ Mast for Chevrolet)

Corvette places the first beam for a $439 million project

By Lyndsey Gough | WBKO
Posted: Mon 3:57 PM, Dec 14, 2015

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO)— As the sun was coming up in Bowling Green Monday morning, so was the first steel beam for what will eventually become a state-of-the-art paint shop at the Corvette plant.

“It’s a super exciting day because today marks the event, we’re putting in the first piece of steel. There will be about 11,000 pieces all together, about 4,200 tons of steel over the course of about the next 6 months,” said Plant Manager, Kai Spande.

Construction say the beams are each about 55 feet tall, and weigh over 6,000 pounds. They were hoping to have around 55 up by the end of Monday.

But before the construction continued, officials involved in the project took some time out to document the occasion.

“We actually took the time to sign the first beam, the GM team that is associated with the project here at the plant. And that’s neat, because that’s something that will last forever. Actually we’ll clear coat it, we’ve got a few people that know how to do that kind of thing and it will last for a long time,” Spande told WBKO.

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