LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Subaru of Indiana Automotive is celebrating the production of its six millionth car, a 2020 Subaru Legacy.
The milestone occurred just a week after marking 30 years of operation in the Lafayette area. SIA has been a source for many lafayette jobs. Employees who have been at the plant for the full 30 years took a moment to look at the old and the new. SIA has been a source for many lafayette jobs.
“Achieving both milestones within a week of each other is both exciting and humbling”, said Scott Brand, senior vice president at SIA, who is one of 160 employees that has achieved at least 30 years of service at the assembly plant. “Thanks to our dedicated associates, we have come a long way in the last three decades.”
Brand said the car is a monument to the success the plant has had through the years.
"We have kept that car as a symbol of the beginning. The six millionth car is a representation on what we have achieved so far but we certainly don't see that as an end. We will continue to build," said Brand.
Right now, there are more than six thousand employees at the plant.
Groundbreaking for the plant started on May 14, 1987, with production starting on September 11, 1989. In the years that followed, the factory continued to produce Subaru models in addition to other vehicles, including the Isuzu Rodeo, Honda Passport and Toyota Camry. SIA is Subaru’s only manufacturing facility outside of Asia and currently makes the Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, and Outback models for North America.