The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is driving home a second car of the year award.
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.
"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.
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.
"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."
A national retailer for hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear will open a store in Bowling Green in 2014. Cabela's will build a 42,000-square-foot store, making it the second in Kentucky, joining one in Louisville.
Communications Specialist Wes Remmer told WKU Public Radio that the Cabela’s Outpost store will be among the company's smallest.
“The Outposts are about 40,000 square feet, whereas, some of our other retail locations can range up to 250,000 square feet," explains Remmer. "The Outposts are a way to get into those smaller markets.”
Cabela’s will open the Bowling Green store next fall and employ about 90 full-time, part-time, and seasonal workers.
Cabela's Outpost will be located at the intersection of Scottsville Road and Ken Bale Boulevard.
A Kentucky state representative who has co-sponsored legislation to limit the use of surveillance drones says the bill provides an exemption for the use of drones by businesses, like the ones that Amazon plans to use for the delivery of products.
Brent Yonts says his support of the bipartisan bill hinges upon an exception for business drones.
“There are a lot of business uses for drones," said the Muhlenberg County Democrat. "For example, at certain heights that are low to the ground, they’re used in agriculture purposes to look for bugs in crops, for drought areas that might need to be irrigated and any number of things that are cheap and quick and efficient.”
Yonts says his bill's intent is to make sure drones are not invading Kentuckians’ privacy. The drones Amazon plans to begin using in four to five years are capable of delivering five pound packages to a location within 10 miles of one of its distribution centers.
Kentucky has a number of these centers that are closer to urban areas like Lexington and Louisville.
Vehicle exports from Kentucky were up 43 percent through the first nine months of the year, setting a state record.
Governor Steve Beshear said the state exported more than $3 billion worth of vehicles between January and September and will likely top $4 billion by year's end. That, he said, translates into more jobs and a stronger economy for Kentucky.
The previous record for vehicle exports was $2.7 billion set last year.
Beshear said a significant part of the growth is the result of exports to Saudi Arabia, which now is the second largest buyer of Kentucky-made automobiles.
Canada remains the top consumer of vehicles produced in Kentucky.
Exports of all Kentucky products also are on a record pace, having reached $18.4 billion as of September.
The Kentucky Transpark in Warren County is gaining another tenant.
Horizon Steel will co-occupy a plant with the Bilstein Group. Bilstein, a German auto supplier, announced in October it would open its U.S. headquarters in the Transpark. Horizon will become Bilstein’s exclusive processor of steel products. Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson made the announcement in Bowling Green Tuesday.
“This community is part of the overall efforts by Governor Beshear and myself as we work toward trying to create, through the difficult financial times that we’re all living through, as economically vibrant a Commonwealth as we possibly can,” said Abramson. “Attracting companies like Horizon Steel is right in line, right in the sweet spot of where we want to be in terms of the future of Kentucky.”
Bilstein previously announced it would create 90 jobs while Horizon plans to add 30 positions.