Subaru Investing $140M More in Indiana Plant, Not Buying Normal Plant?

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Subaru said Monday it would invest $140 million at its Lafayette, Indiana plant to expand production and add 1,200 more jobs at the facility. The announcement is only two years after the growing Japanese automaker said in 2013 they would spend $400 million at the plant to build its Impreza in the U.S. by 2016.

The announcement could also signal that Subaru may not have any interest in the closing Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois, which is only 100 miles from the Lafayette plant. Last week, Automotive News reported that Mitsubishi was making plans to shutter the plant, which has been open since 1988, if they couldn’t find a buyer.

According to The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), Subaru will complete the plant expansion by 2017. Local officials say the state offered $6 million in tax incentives based on the number of new jobs created by the plant. Subaru is already hiring new positions at the plant.

The Lafayette plant has roughly 3,800 workers and produces nearly 300,000 cars a year. Subaru has said that the plant will make around 400,000 cars annually after its expansion.

(Photo Courtesy Subaru of Indiana Automotive)

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  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Sep 21, 2015

    So with an expansion, any more word on an extended wheelbase three-row Outback?

    • 56BelAire 56BelAire on Sep 21, 2015

      Dan, They could put wood contact paper on the sides and call it the Outback "Country Squire" Edition......with dual facing 3rd row seats.

  • Conslaw Conslaw on Sep 22, 2015

    If Purdue keeps losing, there will be plenty of vacant space for expansion across the river in the grandstands of Ross-Ade Stadium.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Sep 22, 2015

    I thought Jimmy Hoffa's body went through a rendering plant and became fertilizer. No one's ever been able to find him and probably never will.

  • 56BelAire 56BelAire on Sep 23, 2015

    New Jersey legend says that Jimmy was buried very deep in the end zone of the original Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands.