Chevrolet Corvette suspends production because of tornadoes and fires
A man walks past the remains of houses destroyed by a tornado in Bowling Green, Ky. (Getty Images)
Several tornadoes swept through areas of six states in the Midwest and Southern United States over the weekend. After one of the ships landed in Kentucky and traverse 227 miles above ground, which killed more than 50 people, Governor Andy Beshear said his state suffered “the worst, most devastating tornado event in Kentucky history.” The storms also make their presence felt GM Bowling Green Assembly Factory built Chevrolet Corvette, and Country Escort ship Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In addition to the weather damage, a fire started at the assembly plant, a citizen was caught on video. All the factory employees were safe, but the damage was severe enough to force it Chevrolet to stop production this week.
GM agency report the UAW Local store president 2164 sent a notice to factory employees saying that a UAW team was assessing the damage, GM said Automotive News that the staff entrance and roof were affected. This is yet another disruption to the factory, which can’t seem to keep up with the respite, which has been lagging behind in production of the C8 Corvette since the car’s construction began. In June, a spare parts shortage caused the line to be briefly halted. In July, Tony Johnson, director of automotive and intersection marketing, Bowtie said, “hasn’t even caught up” with demand for the unique product the company makes. In October, GM briefly shut down the plant to give suppliers time to catch up on parts. In early November, GM had to cut shifts due to a shortage of spare parts. All those problems have been isolated from the woes of microchips.
The automaker is aiming to restart production on December 20th. For the National Corvette Museum, a photo at the Corvette Action Center shows a large garage torn down. The roof and two other garages were severely damaged. The The museum’s homepage advises, “NCM Motorsports Park has suffered substantial property damage and all events, including Twinkle at the Track, are canceled until further notice.” A note on the museum’s Facebook page said the museum itself “did not suffer significant damage” and it appeared likely that it would reopen.
However, the factory and museum appear to have grown slightly compared to the broader Bowling Green. City drone footage of WHAS shows the devastation, Mayor Todd Alcott gives an interview for ABC News, in which he talked about how bad it was for some residents.