The factory was originally an air conditioning plant, but GM purchased it and refurbished it for automobile use. Bowling Green took over Corvette production from GM's St. Louis, Missouri plant as of June 1, 1981. Most of the 900 Corvette workers from St. Louis transferred to the new plant. Once production of the C4 Corvette stopped in 1996, the plant was again gutted and rebuilt to prepare for the more modern C5 Corvette.
The Bowling Green plant is a popular destination for Corvette owners and enthusiasts. It consistently ranks first among GM plants for product-quality.