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Nov. 28, 2012

Robyn L. Minor, Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.


General Motors will hire 170 workers for temporary jobs at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant that will last anywhere from four to 18 months.

Current GM employees at the plant can refer a family member, friend or neighbor for the job and have until the end of the week to do so.

Plant Manager Dave Tatman said most employees have already made their referrals, and he will make another big push for them at meetings today and Wednesday.

"So that's about 550 so far. People also can apply for the jobs at the unemployment office," Tatman said. "I think those applications will be accepted until the end of the week. Then we will take a look at how many applicants we have and decide if we need to keep the period open longer."

Tatman said a third party will narrow the applicant pool to about 300 people, based on skills testing and drug testing. The temporary workers will be randomly selected from that pool.

Those workers will be paid $15.50 an hour, and they will work 40 hours a week, but also need to be available for overtime.

Tatman said the temporary workers will allow full-time employees to take vacations and ensure that the next generation Corvette launch runs smoothly. Production of the 2014 model is expected to begin sometime mid-2013. The car will be revealed Jan. 13 in Detroit.

"They should arrive in dealerships in the third quarter," Tatman said.

Tatman said about 150 UAW and GM corporate employees are working at the plant during the shutdown to get things ready for production. Subcontractors just completed in the frame pretreatment area, which will be tested this week. The body shop also is complete.

"We still have quite a bit of other work to be done," he said.

The Bowling Green plant has already brought back all its laid off workers and is expected in coming months to hire at least 100 more people who have been laid off from other GM plants, based on their seniority.

"I expect we actually will exceed that number," Tatman said.

Those employees will be brought into the community during the coming months during the same time the temporary workers will be hired. The newly transferred employees are expected to boost the economy by purchasing homes and turning over their salaries in the community, Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said.

Even the temporary jobs will be welcome for those people out of work, he said. Warren County's unemployment rate rose from 6.5 percent in September to 7.1 percent in October.

"There are lot of people who will work hard to make sure that they are considered for those jobs," Buchanon said. "That's really good money."

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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