GM http://wkyufm.org en Bowling Green UAW Leader Fired by GM http://wkyufm.org/post/bowling-green-uaw-leader-fired-gm <p>Long-time United Auto Workers Union President Eldon Renaud is out at the Bowling Green General Motors Plant.&nbsp;</p><p>Spokeswoman Andrea Hales confirmed that Renaud is no longer employed at the plant.&nbsp; Renaud had no comment when contacted Thursday morning by WKU Public Radio.&nbsp; He served as the local UAW president since 1982 and had been a GM employee for more than 40 years.&nbsp;</p><p>Renaud had been critical of Plant Manager Dave Tatman, who resigned abruptly in February.&nbsp;&nbsp; In April, the union voted to authorize a strike if the plant didn’t resolve some safety and quality issues.&nbsp; A strike never occurred.</p><p>Renaud also served as Bowling Mayor from 1996 to 2000.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:17:57 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 50827 at http://wkyufm.org Bowling Green UAW Leader Fired by GM Just How New Is The 'New' GM? http://wkyufm.org/post/just-how-new-new-gm During her grilling before Congress last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insisted the new General Motors is different and better than the old one.<p>So as GM begins to fix nearly 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, we decided to put that claim to the test.<p>Exactly how new is the new GM?<p>NBC's <em>Saturday Night Live</em> answered with <a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/gm-hearings-cold-open/2770788">a parody version</a> of Barra's explanation:<p>"I can't speak to how the old GM would handle an issue like this Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 46260 at http://wkyufm.org Just How New Is The 'New' GM? GM Promising Major Investment, Hundreds of Jobs at Tennessee Plant http://wkyufm.org/post/gm-promising-major-investment-hundreds-jobs-tennessee-plant <p></p><p>General Motors says it is investing $350 million and will create and retain at least 1,800 jobs at its plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. &nbsp;</p><p>While the automaker isn’t saying what new vehicles will be made at the plant, GM announced Tuesday that it will add two midsize vehicle programs to the facility, making good on a promise to the United Auto Workers union during negotiations in 2011.</p><p><a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130806/BUSINESS/308060063/GM-adding-two-vehicles-1-800-jobs-Spring-Hill" target="_blank">The Tennessean reports </a>that some analysts have suggested the vehicles might be the Cadillac SRX, which is currently made in Mexico, and the Buick Anthem, which GM has in development. The Spring Hill plant served as the headquarters and main assembly facility for GM’s now-defunct Saturn brand before production was halted in 2009.</p><p>The UAW says the jobs generated by the new auto production will be filled mainly by local hires, as opposed to the union’s normal practice of transferring displaced workers from other areas.</p><p>The news comes on the heels of a recent report showing Tennessee is, for a fourth consecutive year, <a href="http://www.wkyufm.org/post/once-again-tennessee-tops-us-auto-manufacturing-strength" target="_blank">ranked No. 1</a> in automotive manufacturing strength in the nation.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:35:30 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 35109 at http://wkyufm.org GM Promising Major Investment, Hundreds of Jobs at Tennessee Plant More Work Coming to Bowling Green Corvette Plant http://wkyufm.org/post/more-work-coming-bowling-green-corvette-plant <p></p><p>General Motors is enhancing its footprint in Bowling Green. Officials gathered at the Corvette plant Wednesday to announce a $3.5 million investment. The automaker is moving its performance built center from Michigan to Bowling Green.</p><p>The center specializes in building high performance engines. GM Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones says the move is expected to create or retain 20 jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>“We’re working out the details with the international union and ourselves on how we’re going to bring those folks down, but they have the right to follow the work," said Jones.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:30:15 +0000 Lisa Autry 25659 at http://wkyufm.org More Work Coming to Bowling Green Corvette Plant Return of the Stingray: GM Unveils Bowling Green-Made 2014 Corvette http://wkyufm.org/post/return-stingray-gm-unveils-bowling-green-made-2014-corvette <p>The next generation Corvette is no longer a secret. With much fanfare, General Motors unveiled a revamped Corvette in Detroit Sunday night, the first new version of the iconic sports car in nine years.</p><p>"This car is all new from the ground up and it's absolutely the best performance car we know how to engineer and build," said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. "I will eagerly put this car up against any of the top performance cars in the world. In terms of design, technology, and performance, this car is second to none."</p><p>The 2014 model, so new that it shares only two parts with the current model, picks up cues from the 1963 Stingray. It's described as the most powerful standard model ever, but GM promises it will be the most fuel-efficient Corvette. At the unveiling in Detroit, Reuss offered kudos to the Bowling Green plant for bringing the car the life.</p><p>"A few weeks ago we traveled to Bowling Green and drove the first cars made at the plant. Their commitment made this Corvette worthy of the Stingray name once again," praised Reuss. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lisa Autry 24820 at http://wkyufm.org Return of the Stingray: GM Unveils Bowling Green-Made 2014 Corvette Bowling Green GM Plant Awaits Big Reveal of Next Generation Corvette http://wkyufm.org/post/bowling-green-gm-plant-awaits-big-reveal-next-generation-corvette <p>This weekend has been a long time coming for Corvette enthusiasts.&nbsp; General Motors will unveil the next generation car on Sunday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.&nbsp; The reveal couldn't be more exciting for Dave Tatman, manager of the Bowling Green GM plant where the new model will be produced.</p><p>"We've had people from the Bowling Green assembly plant traveling to Detroit for almost three years now working with engineers in Detroit side by side on this car," says Tatman.</p><p>The 2014 Corvette will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds, and Tatman says the car is literally all new.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:44:59 +0000 Lisa Autry 24717 at http://wkyufm.org Bowling Green GM Plant Awaits Big Reveal of Next Generation Corvette Bowling Green Corvette Plant to Idle in February in Preparation for Next Generation of 'Vette http://wkyufm.org/post/bowling-green-corvette-plant-idle-february-preparation-next-generation-vette <p>General Motors plans to idle Corvette production in Bowling Green for six months to prepare for the next generation of the iconic sports car. The automaker laid out its schedule for revamping its assembly plant in Warren County for the all-new 2014 model. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:59:35 +0000 Associated Press 20942 at http://wkyufm.org Bowling Green Corvette Plant to Idle in February in Preparation for Next Generation of 'Vette Van Donated to Kelly Autism Program http://wkyufm.org/post/van-donated-kelly-autism-program <p>A fifteen passenger van has been donated to the Kelly Autism Program, which is part of the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU.&nbsp; Officals at the University say the vehicle was donated by Chevrolet and the GM Corvette Plant. Director Marty Boman says the vehicle has already been put to use for several special activities and field trips which give participants in the program a chance to experience new activities.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:16:36 +0000 Dan Modlin 17772 at http://wkyufm.org Van Donated to Kelly Autism Program GM to Expand in China http://wkyufm.org/post/gm-expand-china <p>General Motors&nbsp; is announcing plans to open 600 new dealerships in China, despite a recent slowdown in sales growth.&nbsp; The company is also planning to add assembly lines in that country. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:22:56 +0000 Associated Press & Dan Modlin 11216 at http://wkyufm.org GM to Expand in China