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Rep. Richards: Bowling Green Corvette plant won't close
Rep. Jody Richards said this morning that as far as he and local leaders know, the Corvette plant in Bowling Green won't be one of the plants closed in the GM bankruptcy proceeding. 

"City and county officials and I are monitoring the situation closely." Richards said, "We are keeping our fingers crossed."

Former Speaker Richards, who has represented the area for thirty three years, told WKJPI this morning that the "plant was a profitable one". He also said that at one time, GM had planned to bring two more sports car lines to the BG plant. That plan is on hold for now.  

At its peak, according to Rep. Richards, the plant employed 1200 workers. It is down to 800 workers with 100 overtime workers. There have been furloughs this past winter. The plant is currently on shutdown.  Rep. Richards said that the National Corvette Museum recently reopened after it expanded to 100,000 square feet. The  tourist attraction is drawing crowds from around the world. Richards told us that the Corvette plant is not the biggest employer in Warren County, but it may be the largest private employer.

No one at the plant could be reached for comment. When called, a security officer answered the phone.

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