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The latest news coming from General Motors is that Corvette Z06 sales are going so well (accounting for nearly a third of all Corvette sales) that the company will be expanding the Performance Build Center located inside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
According to a press release issued today, the PBC expansion will cost $44 million and will create 36 new jobs.
This investment comes on top of the already committed $439 million for a new paint shop and “facility upgrades” that was announced in May 2015:
“Coupled with the investment, for $439 million for a new paint shop and facility upgrades announced in May, GM has committed $483 million to Bowling Green this year alone,” said plant manager Kai Spande. “These significant investments indicate the company’s confidence in Bowling Green, the Performance Build Center and our skilled workforce.”
The Performance Build Center is where technicians hand-assemble the Corvette Z06’s LT4 Supercharged V8 engine. Customers can also assemble their own Z06 engines through the “Build Your Engine Program” which charges an additional fee of $5,000 for the experience.
The expansion of the Performance Build Center comes nearly three years after GM announced the facility was being moved from Wixom, Michigan to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. GM spent $3.5 million for the move which created 30 new jobs at the plant.
While this is great news for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, it’s still our contention that Chevy is expanding the plant’s capacity to produce the rumored mid-engine Corvette known as the Zora or ZR1 and now they will have the space and resources to hand assemble those engines as well.
Construction on the expanded Performance Build Center is expected to start in January 2016.