Ky. GM plant to shut down extra week

General Motors' Corvette plant in Bowling Green will shut down an extra week in July as part of the automaker's plan to temporarily stop production at 13 plants in North America.

The closings are intended to help reduce inventories of unsold vehicles, as GM struggles along with every other automaker to align production with dramatically reduced customer demand.

The company had previously announced that the Bowling Green plant would be closed the first two weeks of April, May, June and July. The new plan also closes the plant during the third week of July, said Eldon Renaud, president of the United Auto Workers Local 2164 in Bowling Green.

Corvette sales are down 55 percent through the end of March, compared to a year earlier, GM has said.

"I do have a positive belief that Corvette sales will get back to normal," Renaud said.

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