Bowling Green Corvette Plant http://wkyufm.org en Bowling Green Corvette Plant Workers Authorize Strike Over Safety Issues http://wkyufm.org/post/bowling-green-corvette-plant-workers-authorize-strike-over-safety-issues <p></p><p>Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns. But a local union leader says he hopes the dispute can be resolved without a walkout.</p><p>Union members voted to give union leaders the green light to call a strike if necessary. About 800 union workers were eligible to cast ballots.</p><p>Eldon Renaud, president of United Auto Workers Local 2164, says the issues involved include safety and quality control.</p><p>He says there have been several "near misses" that could have led to serious injuries for assembly line workers at the Bowling Green plant.</p><p>Renaud says he hopes the strike-authorization vote leads to stepped up negotiations.</p><p>The plant says worker safety and quality of its products are at the forefront of every decision. It says it's confident management and the union can work together. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:17:12 +0000 Associated Press 46330 at http://wkyufm.org Bowling Green Corvette Plant Workers Authorize Strike Over Safety Issues Corvette Museum Begins Restoration Efforts; Will Enlist GM Help To Restore Cars http://wkyufm.org/post/corvette-museum-begins-restoration-efforts-will-enlist-gm-help-restore-cars <p>General Motors says it will oversee the restoration process for the eight sports cars that fell into a giant sinkhole Wednesday morning at the Corvette Museum.&nbsp; Bowling Green Corvette plant manager Jeff LaMarche&nbsp; says they won’t know the exact condition of the cars until they’re recovered.<br /><br />“We know that these cars represent significant milestones – not just in our history in Chevrolet and General Motors but also in the automotive history. And nobody really has a better understanding of their significance and what it takes to properly restore these than the engineers and designers at Chevrolet where they were developed," said LaMarche.<br /><br />The lead engineer for the reconstruction project says it will take 2-3 weeks to stabilize the ground around the sinkhole.&nbsp; After that, he says it will take 4-6 days to remove the cars. Museum officials say repairs will start Friday and they hope to have everything complete by August when the museum celebrates its 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary.<br /> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:25:16 +0000 Lisa Autry 43805 at http://wkyufm.org Corvette Museum Begins Restoration Efforts; Will Enlist GM Help To Restore Cars Corvette Stingray Wins Top Award at North American International Auto Show http://wkyufm.org/post/corvette-stingray-wins-top-award-north-american-international-auto-show <p></p><p>A Bowling Green-built auto continues its streak of awards.</p><p>The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, made at the General Motors plant in Warren County, has been named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show.</p><p>The Stingray has already won best car of the year honors from Automobile and Autoweek magazines.</p><p>The press preview days for the North American International Auto Show kick off with the awards. The announcements came Monday morning at Cobo Center in Detroit.</p><p>The truck of the year winner is the Chevrolet Silverado.</p><p>The Chevy sweep came after General Motors made the most appearances on this year’s list finalists. Others included the Cadillac CTS and Mazda3. Truck/utility finalists included the Acura MDX and Jeep Cherokee.</p><p>Forty-eight automotive journalists vote on winners from the list of finalists. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:34:53 +0000 WKU Public Radio News & Associated Press 42369 at http://wkyufm.org Corvette Stingray Wins Top Award at North American International Auto Show Corvette Stingray Wins Second "Best Car of 2014" Award http://wkyufm.org/post/corvette-stingray-wins-second-best-car-2014-award <p></p><p>The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is driving home a second car of the year award.</p><p>The vehicle manufactured at the Bowling Green General Motors plant has been named Autoweek's Best Car for 2014. Automobile magazine last month gave similar honors to the Stingray.</p><p>"The thing about the Corvette is that it's always been a good sports car for the money. But I can tell you that it's really the best sports car you can buy right now regardless of price," said Wes Raynal, editor of Autoweek.</p><p>Raynal says the new Corvette has a more comfortable and better-built interior than previous versions of the vehicle. He believes the Stingray will continue the Corvette's image as an iconic car.</p><p>"I don't know if you've ever seen that poster of the '63 Stingray, and the tagline is something like, 'They don't write songs about Volvos,'" Raynal told WKU Public Radio. "It's part of America. It's like Elvis, and Bruce Springsteen, and Coca-Cola, and Levi's." Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:50:52 +0000 Kevin Willis 41098 at http://wkyufm.org Corvette Stingray Wins Second "Best Car of 2014" Award GM Hands Out Grants, Announces Tours To Restart http://wkyufm.org/post/gm-hands-out-grants-announces-tours-restart <p></p><p>Officials from the G.M. Foundation in Detroit were at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant Wednesday to hand out $75,000 in grants to eleven local non-profit agencies. Plant Manager Dave Tatman also announced plant tours will start up again in a couple of weeks after being canceled for nearly a year.</p><p>The groups that will share in the grant money include:</p><p>*&nbsp; Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc. (BRASS) for emergency assistance, resources and programs for regional domestic violence and homeless shelter residents.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:56:28 +0000 Joe Corcoran 37952 at http://wkyufm.org GM Hands Out Grants, Announces Tours To Restart