Subaru’s $75M expansion to add 100 jobs in Lafayette – Ruge’s Subaru

18 May
Subaru of Indiana Wednesday announced that it expects to add 100 jobs by the end of 2014 and boost production by 15 percent. / The Star 2007 file photo

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Subaru announced plans Wednesday for a $75 million expansion that would add 100 jobs at its Indiana factory as it increases production of its Outback and Legacy models.

Construction on the expansion of the factory near Lafayette is expected to begin this summer, with the company saying it anticipated adding up to 100 jobs by the end of 2014. About 3,600 people work at the plant.

Last week, the company acknowledged that a delay in establishing production in China could boost production elsewhere.

Subaru said the expansion will allow the Lafayette factory to build 180,000 vehicles a year without overtime, an increase of about 24,000 vehicles, or about 15 percent. The factory produced nearly 171,000 vehicles last year by including overtime.

Tom Easterday, Subaru of Indiana executive vice president, said the 52,000-square-foot expansion was needed for the company to meet increased North American demand for its vehicles.

The Lafayette factory opened in 1989 and produces Legacy, Outback and Tribeca models for Subaru, along with Toyota Camrys.

The factory is the only one Subaru has in North America and builds more than half the Subaru vehicles sold on the continent.

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