Subaru of Indiana Automotive to invest $158M in Lafayette plant and create 350 new jobs
New operations will support production that has tripled over the past 10 years
"We're proud to continue investing in Indiana," said Scott Brand, senior vice president of administration and quality. "We also appreciate the tremendous support these plans have received from the state, Tippecanoe County and the city of Lafayette."
Both projects will be located on the plant's 820-acre campus. The service parts facility will be a stand-alone building while the transmission assembly shop will be an addition to the plant. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
SIA is Subaru's only manufacturing facility outside of Asia. More than 6,000 associates build the Ascent, Impreza, Legacy and Outback models for North America. Since beginning production in 1989, the plant has increased its annual production of vehicles from 67,000 to a projected 410,000 in 2020.
"Our production levels have tripled over the past 10 years," said Brand. "These new projects are exciting growth opportunities to help us meet increasing customer demand."
Subaru has had 11 consecutive years of sales increases in the U.S., its largest market, and is projecting another record year in 2020. Approximately 50% of all Subaru's sold in North America are built in Indiana.
The new investments are among several that have been made since the plant originally opened. More recently, the company invested $140 million to support production of the three-row, crossover Subaru Ascent.
In December, SIA opened a $4.2 million Technical Training Center on its campus. The facility, which includes a simulated factory floor, provides associates with the skills needed for lifelong careers in advanced manufacturing. Additionally, a rooftop solar array provides more than half the power needed to operate the facility, while also helping cut its carbon emissions by 47%.
About Subaru of Indiana Automotive
Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), a subsidiary of Subaru Corp., is the home of North American production for the Ascent, Impreza, Legacy and Outback. SIA employs more than 6,000 associates who are committed to quality, safety and environmental stewardship. For more information, visit subaru-sia.com.