Bowling Green is about to get more than 400 hourly jobs, as Chevrolet announced a second shift at the Corvette plant today.

The shift will support the manufacture of the 8th generation Corvette and raises the total number of employees at the Kentucky plant to more than 1,300.

"The Corvette's iconic status owes so much to the men and women of Bowling Green, where it has been built exclusively for almost 40 years," said Mary Barra, GM Chairman, and CEO. "This is the workforce that can deliver a next generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and an equally exciting future."

The plant has been building Corvettes since 1981 and in that time has produced more than a million of the sports cars.

Since 2011, a few years before the C7 Corvette was revealed, GM has invested more than $900 million in the facility.

Chevrolet plans to unveil the first, production, mid-engine Corvette on July 18 and the last C7 will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson's Northeast auction on June 28.