To support the increased production of its newly unveiled Subaru Ascent, Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) has announced it will create up to 200 new jobs at its Lafayette, IN facility by 2018. The company, which is a subsidiary of Subaru Corporation and is the company’s only assembly plant outside Japan, will invest more than $140 million to purchase new machinery and equipment to add production of the Subaru Ascent in 2018 to meet the growing demand for mid-level vehicles in North America.

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At a press event prior to the Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru introduced the new Ascent with The Barkleys – a family of eight Labrador and Golden Retrievers featured in its advertising campaigns. (Photo: Subaru of America)

The all-new Subaru Ascent, which was revealed on Nov. 28 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is a three–row crossover vehicle that has the capacity to hold seven or eight passengers.

SIA currently employs more than 5,600 associates at its location in Indiana and will produce approximately 400,000 vehicles in 2018, including the Subaru Legacy, Impreza, Outback and Ascent. Since the start of the company’s production 30 years ago, the facility has produced more than five million vehicles.

“The Subaru Ascent is a great addition to our production mix,” said Tom Easterday, senior executive vice president of SIA. “This great new family vehicle allows us to create hundreds of new jobs at SIA, and also at our suppliers in Indiana and across the country.”

The announcement comes two years after SIA announced plans to create 1,024 jobs and increase its production. Since 2015, the company has created 1,800 new jobs, exceeding its previous commitment. The company’s expansion is also expected to spur growth for its direct material suppliers as well, including 28 companies like ELSA Corporation, Moriden America and  FTIC.

“Today we witness Subaru’s continued commitment to Indiana as the company unveils the all-new Subaru Ascent and announces its plans to create more jobs for Hoosiers,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “For 30 years, Subaru has spurred economic growth and I’m confident they will witness continued success as we work to take Indiana to the next level by growing our economy and developing the skills of our workforce.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc up to $500,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. The incentives are performance based, so until employees are trained, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Lafayette and Tippecanoe County support this project.   

“We are pleased that the IEDC recognizes the value that SIA brings to our community,” said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. “As one of the area’s largest employers, SIA has established itself as a company who offers jobs that can translate to lifetime careers, with tangible and lasting benefits directly impacting quality of life.”

SIA’s announcement follows Gov. Holcomb’s international trade mission to Japan earlier this year where he met with executives from Japan-based companies with operations in Indiana, including Subaru. SIA is one of more than 260 Japanese business establishments in Indiana that together employ more than 53,000 workers. Among all U.S. states, Indiana has the largest amount of Japanese investment per capita.

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