Bowling Green GM jobs expand
Assembly moving from Del. by 2012
As many as 2,000 new jobs could be created at the General Motors plant in Bowling Green as part of a decision by the automaker to end production of certain vehicles at a Delaware plant.
By 2012, the company plans to move production of the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky and Opel roadsters to Bowling Green from Wilmington, Del., a union official at the Kentucky plant said, citing the tentative agreement between GM and the United Auto Workers.
The Bowling Green plant now assembles about 35,000 Corvettes annually. Since 2003, it also has assembled about 4,000 Cadillac XLRs.
"We've been trying to get additional products at the plant," said Eldon Renaud, head of the Bowling Green plant's UAW local. "I'm just excited."
A GM spokesman declined to comment.
The Bowling Green plant now employs 960 people and runs one shift in production of the Corvette and Cadillac XLR. The move will mean an expansion to three shifts, said Renaud.
Wilmington's Boxwood Road facility is one of two GM plants not slated for production of new vehicles, according to a summary of the agreement provided to The Associated Press. The other is the Orion Township plant in Michigan, which will make the Pontiac G6 until 2013.