The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 27, 2013

NEWEST EDITION

2014 Corvette Stingray makes stop in Ashtabula

By STACY MILLBERG - smillberg@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — The newest member of the Corvette family, that will not make its debut until the fall, rolled into Ashtabula County Monday making a stop at Molded Fiber Glass, the longest continuous supplier of Corvette parts.

Four 2014 Corvette Stingrays glistened in the late morning sun outside MFG’s facility. The capture test fleet of vehicles was on its way back from a Corvette event this weekend along with General Motors’ Corvette team.

Sixty years ago, MFG founder Robert Morrison was instrumental in launching the Corvette in fiberglass. Since 1953, the company has produced a large number of parts for the Corvette including the newest model, said MFG’s Chief Operating Officer Greg Tilton.

“We’re very excited about this brand new model,” he said.

MFG produces all of the structural components on the vehicle, said Christopher Basela, lead composites engineer for body structures on the Corvette. Basela, and a number of other members of the team, spent the weekend in Carlisle, Pa. at the largest Corvette gathering and stopped over in Ashtabula to tour the facility that produces the vehicle’s parts.

Basela said he has visited MFG on many occasions, but this was the first time for his management to visit the facility.

Basela said with the technology at MFG, the 2014 Corvette Stingray will be the highest technology composite car in the world.

“MFG has been an amazing partner for us,” he said. “The workforce here is pretty well dedicated to the Corvette.”

MFG CEO Richard Morrison said the partnership between MFG and General Motors started back with the 1953 Corvette.

“It was the watershed event for the fiber composites industry,” he said. “We’ve produced parts ever since then.”