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State approves $3 million in incentives for General Motors plant expansion

At the General Motors Corvette plant in Bowling Green, a limited edition Corvette Z06 took shape in 2008.
At the General Motors Corvette plant in Bowling Green, a limited edition Corvette Z06 took shape in 2008. Bowling Green Daily News

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Thursday approved $3 million in tax incentives on a $154 million expansion of the General Motors plant in Bowling Green.

The expansion is expected to create as many as 270 jobs with an average hourly wage of $21 including benefits.

General Motors is planning the expansion of its Bowling Green plant to add new technologies and processes to meet increased customer demand, according to KEDFA documents.

The Bowling Green plant makes the Chevrolet Corvette. GM had previously announced a $439 million investment in a paint shop and other plant upgrades.

In December 2015, General Motors announced it would invest $44 million to support increased capacity in its Performance Build Center at Bowling Green, adding 36 jobs. The center offers customers the Build Your Own Engine program, a $5,000 option package that includes a full day with a Performance Build Center engine assembly technician, a personalized engine plaque and professional photography.

The Bowling Green plant opened in 1981 and employs 939 workers.

Cheryl Truman: 859-231-3202, @CherylTruman

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