The recent wave of tornadoes that hit part of the United States caused destruction of homes and businesses and, tragically, a few deaths in several states, but nowhere other than Kentucky. What condition is General Motors’ Bowling Green assembly plant in?
It was reported last week that the plant had suffered damage as well, and it has now been confirmed that at least 122 Corvette C8 models were so badly damaged that they have been declared unrecoverable and will be scrapped.
The figure could rise, as GM says the vehicle inspection process is not yet complete. In particular, inspectors should examine Corvettes that have been completed and parked outside the facility pending shipment.
GM plans to contact dealers who have orders for models that have been destroyed so they can resubmit the orders. The plan is to prioritize these orders when production resumes. It should happen this week.
At present, most of the 1,200 workers have not yet returned to the plant, but a small crew of around 90 workers have remained at work since the tornadoes struck. The main workforce is expected to return to work on Thursday, December 23, although this is quickly followed by a Christmas break.
Speaking of Christmas – and the spirit of giving that ideally comes with it – the union says it has received so many gift cards to help its workers in the aftermath of the natural disaster that it plans to use some. some to help residents of the Bowling Green community affected by the tornado or simply in need.