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Subaru Celebrates 25 Years of US Production

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author photo by Nick Palermo March 2012
  • Opened in 1987, it's the only US Subaru plant
  • Originally a joint venture between Subaru and Isuzu
  • Currently produces Legacy, Outback, Tribeca and Toyota Camry

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), Subaru's home for North American production and its only US plant, is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, marking a quarter-century of building Subarus, as well as models for other automakers. The company will host celebratory events for the plant's 3,600 employees and the surrounding community in the coming months.

Subaru models currently produced at the Lafayette, Ind. plant include the Legacy, Outback and Tribeca. In a deal with Toyota, SIA also builds the Camry, although most Camrys for North America come from Toyota's own plant in Kentucky.

SIA has also built Isuzu and Honda vehicle over its 25-year history. The plant was originally a joint venture between Subaru and Isuzu and the assembly point for Isuzu models like the P'up compact pickup and Rodeo SUV. The Honda Passport (really a rebadged Rodeo) was also assembled at SIA.

Subaru says the anniversary gives the company a chance to not only celebrate the achievements of plant workers, but also to invite the community in for a closer look at the facility. SIA is a zero-landfill plant and the only US auto production facility designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The SIA website, subaru-sia.com [LINK THIS], includes photos and a description of the production process as well as a virtual tour. If you visit in person, you can tour the plant, and watch as automobiles efficiently come together.

Modern automakers are truly global businesses, no longer easily labeled import or domestic. Many automakers have operations and assembly plants all over the world, producing vehicles in or close to the markets where they'll eventually be sold. Subaru takes it one step further in Indiana, producing more than just Subaru vehicles for North America, but also for other automakers, as well. If SIA remains productive and flexible in the competitive automotive marketplace, the plant may continue to produce automobiles, Subaru or otherwise, for decades to come.

What it means to you: Like so many "import" automakers, Subaru builds cars here in the U.S. For 25 years, their Indiana plant has produced not just Subarus, but models for other automakers, too.

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