LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Subaru of Indiana Automotive has extended its Lafayette plant closure through Friday, May 8 with plans to resume production Monday, May 11, according to the company.
SIA also announced that some associates, including team leaders, key skilled and maintenance, will be required to work during the week of May 4 to prepare.
The plant has been closed since March 23 due to a declining market demand and supply chain issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Tuesday's announcement marked the third extension of the closure.
The company paid hourly employees up until April 13, but said it was no longer sustainable while production was suspended. Hourly employees are eligible for unemployment.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive is Tippecanoe County's second-largest employer. More than 6,000 employees work at the Lafayette manufacturing plant, the only one outside of Asia. The Ascent, Impreza, Legacy and Outback are all produced at the facility off State Road 38.