General Motors officials plan to make a “significant” announcement this afternoon at the company’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
Officials are mum about what the announcement will be and have not given clues to union workers, according to Eldon Renaud, president of UAW Local 2164.
Previously, the Bowling Green plant for a short time produced two vehicles, the Corvette and the Cadillac XLR. So there is room at the plant to take on production of another model, should the announcement involve another product line.
Renaud said union employees, who have been called to the plant today for a meeting at 1:30 p.m., will learn about the announcement at the same time as anyone else. The Daily News will post information as soon as possible on bgdailynews.com.
Production is expected to begin in March on the 2104 Corvette Stingray, but those cars likely won’t be on sale until the summer. The car was unveiled Jan. 13 in Detroit to applause from Corvette lovers.
To get to this point in production, GM overhauled the plant, spending more than $131 million to install a new paint shop, production line with multiple robots and improve other areas of the plant. Every piece of the new car is new, as is all of the production equipment.
GM on Monday announced a $600 million investment in its plant in Fairfax, Kan., where the Buick LaCrosse is made. It was the first announcement in the company’s plans to spend $1.5 billion on its North American facilities this year.
Renaud said there is more that GM can spend here to further update the plant.