By Scott Sloan — firstname.lastname@example.orgPosted: 12:00am on Apr 1, 2011; Modified: 8:08am on Apr 1, 2011 Larry Courtney and the editor.
The General Motors assembly plant in Bowling Green is being offered state tax incentives to add production of another vehicle there.
JOE IMEL — ASSOCIATED PRESS General Motors is considering a new vehicle for its Bowling Green assembly plant, and the state government stepped in Thursday to entice it with $7.5 million in tax incentives. The automaker is mum on what vehicle it might be adding at the plant, which produces Corvettes, but the head of the local union there said he thinks it’s the next generation of the Corvette, which GM is expected to begin manufacturing by 2013. GM told the state the new vehicle production could mean the addition of 250 jobs. The plant now employs about 500 hourly and salaried workers, said plant spokeswoman Andrea Hales. “At this time, the company is exploring what incentives might be available for the potential project,” she said. “We are making no announcements at this time and have no set time frame to make a decision.” Hales added that other plants are being considered for the new vehicle. She declined to address whether it’s the next generation of the Corvette. GM told the state the investment for the project would be more than $131 million. That was characterized primarily as a refurbishment of the plant, according to state documents. Eldon Renaud, president of United Auto Workers Local 2164, said he’s been told the plant would need a new body shop to produce the next generation of the Corvette, which has been assembled in Bowling Green since 1981. A condition of the new tax incentives is that if GM picks Bowling Green for the vehicle, it must maintain employment of at least 449 people at the site.