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Chevrolet Corvette Plant Gets $439 Million New Paint Shop

New paint shop will feature state-of-the-art technology.

Jason Udywriter

GM will invest $439 million into its Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant that produces the Chevrolet Corvette. The investment will cover a new paint shop, among other upgrades, and comes in addition to the roughly $135 million the automaker has invested over the past four years in preparation for C7 Corvette Stingray production and upgrades to the Performance Build Center.

At 450,000 square feet, the new paint booth is nearly half the size of the entire current production facility. Construction of the new paint shop will begin this summer and is expected to take two years to complete. The expansion is said to feature "substantial technology upgrades" including new tooling and robots. Other features include Dry Scrubber Booth Technology with Limestone Handling System to reduce sludge water and waste; LED lighting for enhanced paint inspection and reduced energy use; new more efficient painting robots for a smoother finish and reduced material use; and new high-efficiency baking ovens for improved paint finish and reduced energy use.

Additionally, the investment will retain 150 existing jobs. Current Chevrolet Corvette production will be unaffected during construction of the new paint booth, meaning there will be no slump in supplies of the sports car. The new investment is part of the $5.4 billion GM will invest in U.S. facilities over the next three years.