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Corvette Plant Manger Wil Cooksey announces retirement.



Wilmer (Wil) Cooksey, the current plant manager at Bowling Green, will retire, effective March, 1, 2008.

Under Wil Cooksey's direction, the Corvette has received numerous awards including "America’s Best Automobile of the Year" by Automobile Magazine, "Best Premium Sports Car" by J.D. Power, and "Best Sports Car" by Money Magazine. In May of 2002, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant was awarded two prestigious awards. J.D. Power & Associates named Corvette as "Best in Segment" for the second year in a row and recognized the assembly center as North America’s Silver Plant.

Wil will not be away from Corvette for long though... Starting next year, he will be the Chairman Of Board for the National Corvette Museum.

General Motors has announced that Paul Graham, currently assistant plant manager of its Fairfax Assembly plant, was appointed plant manager of the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant, effective Jan. 1, 2008. Graham began his GM career in 1980 as a college student intern at GM Truck and Bus in Flint, Mich. In 1986, he became an associate manufacturing engineer at the plant, then moved on to become a supervisor of production in 1987 at the GM Ft. Wayne Assembly plant in Indiana. In 1992, Graham moved on to GM Baltimore Assembly in Maryland to assume an assistant superintendent of Maintenance position, and over the years held positions of increasing responsibility at the plant before returning to GM Ft. Wayne Assembly to an area manager of the Body Shop position in 1995. In 1997, Graham went to Guanajuato, Mexico to assume a platform program manager position with GM of Mexico. In 2000, he returned to the United States and was appointed assistant plant manager of the GM Shreveport Assembly plant in Louisiana. Graham was appointed assistant plant manager of the GM Oklahoma City facility in 2005. He was appointed to his current position in 2006.