SIA resumes operations with second shift after 'supplier issue'

The company stopped work Monday night as the FBI investigates a large ransomware attack affecting several local companies.

Posted: Oct 1, 2019 5:32 AM
Updated: Oct 1, 2019 3:08 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Subaru of Indiana Automotive has resumed operations with the second shift Tuesday afternoon. 

Several shifts at SIA had been canceled, according to the plant's status line after a 'supplier issue' forced production to be suspended. The company stopped work Monday night as the FBI investigates a large ransomware attack affecting several local companies.

According to the status line, A-line and B-line production were canceled for Tuesday. However, IPC assembly, maintenance, reprocess trim and surface groups, Trim A and B door lines and administrative associates should report.

SIA and Heartland Automotive stopped work Monday night.  News 18 is still working to confirm if Tuesday operations are affected at Heartland Automotive. However, employees have reached out and said Tuesday's first shift is canceled.

In an email to News 18, SIA spokesperson Craig Koven said, "Due to a supplier issue, first shift production has been canceled today [Tuesday]."

We also asked who that supplier is. He said, "In these types of situations, we typically do not disclose the name of the supplier or the issue."

Koven declined an on camera interview and said, "There is no additional information to share at this time."

When asked if they were investigating a cyber attack affecting SIA, an FBI spokesperson in Indianapolis gave this statement:

"The FBI is aware of a ransomware attack and the significant impact that the attack has had on certain companies in the state of Indiana. Due to the ongoing investigation, no further details will be released at this time."

News 18 will continue to follow this story. 

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