LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Subaru of Indiana Automotive's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries will invest more than $400 million in the Lafayette plant to bring Impreza production to the United States.
"It's a credit to a company that succeeding here," Governor Mike Pence said. "As I said before, with great credit to those who brought this day about I think it's mostly a credit to the SIA associates."
"They are very confident that our associates can build that quality into the Impreza and that's one of the main reasons they've chosen to have Impreza production here in the United States," SIA Vice President Tom Easterday said.
Easterday said the plant will be expanded by 500,000 square feet to make room for Impreza production, which will start in 2016.
"We'll actually be adding a new paint shop facility," Easterday said. "That will be on the south of our plant. We'll be adding about 118,000 square foot of warehouse expansion. Several other areas of the plant will be expanding."
In addition, 900 jobs will added to the existing 3,600 jobs at SIA as part of the expansion. Hiring will start in 2015. Easterday said starting wages range from $15 to $16 an hour, but with three years before those jobs are filled he said that could go up.
"There will be some increase probably in those starting wages, and going to a top wage of of $26 per hour," Easterday said.
With the new expansion the number of vehicles coming out of the Lafayette plant will increase as well.
"I think originally no one ever projected we'd ever be above 200,000," Easterday said. "It's truly exciting to announce today that we're going to have the capacity to build 400,000 vehicles at SIA by the end of 2016."
"The safety record here, the environmental record here, and the overall commitment to excellence is being proven again and again," Pence said.
Easterday said a number of plants were considered before their parent company chose to expand SIA.
Construction on the new expansion will start this fall and is expected to wrap up by the end of 2016.
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