Expansion investment estimated at $400 million as SIA adds Subaru
Record sales in North America contribute to parent company's decision to
invest and expand production capacity at SIA.
Production of popular compact sedans and hatchbacks will move from Japan
to North American plant beginning in 2016.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today
announced that its popular compact car, the Subaru Impreza, will be
produced in its North American plant beginning in 2016. The
announcement arrives on the heels of a banner year and new milestones
in company history as sales continue to climb. Subaru of Indiana
Automotive, Inc. (SIA), the North American manufacturer of Subaru
vehicles, will expand its plant in Lafayette, Indiana to produce the
popular compact sedans and hatchbacks, creating 900 new jobs in the
Record sales and a gain in market share for Subaru in North America led
parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd. (FHI), to the decision to
invest $400 million to build the Impreza at its North American
production facility, SIA, and increase the plant's capacity by
approximately 100,000 vehicles annually. The expansion will involve
construction to develop SIA's total square footage by over half a
million square feet. The project will also involve the installation of
new state-of-the-art equipment - primarily in the paint and body
assembly sections - as well as changes to improve overall process flow,
including the addition of 900 jobs to its workforce.
"The success of the Subaru brand can be credited, in part, to the
dedication of SIA's highly skilled associates," stated SIA's executive
vice president, Tom Easterday. "Our associates are very excited about
the opportunity to build the Subaru Impreza at SIA and will remain
committed to the same high level of quality, safety and teamwork that
goes into every Subaru built at SIA."
Subaru models currently produced at SIA include the Outback, Legacy and
Tribeca, while the Impreza is currently built only at Subaru's Yajima
and Gunma plants in Japan. Powered by Subaru's 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder
horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine and Subaru's celebrated
symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, the fun-to-drive Impreza is
popular for its award-winning safety, value and excellent fuel economy.
"The Subaru Impreza has been a favoured choice of many Canadians as it
delivers more than what's expected in a compact car," said Shiro Ohta,
president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "FHI's decision to move
production to SIA illustrates their confidence in Subaru's North
American market as we continue to set sales records and gain market
Construction of the planned expansion is slated to begin this fall and
is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Construction continues
on the $75 million expansion project announced last May, which will
increase SIA's capacity from 156,000 to 180,000 Subaru units annually
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries, Ltd., is the home of North American Subaru production.
Models built at the Lafayette, Indiana plant include the Subaru Legacy,
Outback and Tribeca. SIA also produces the Toyota Camry under contract
with Toyota. SIA employs over 3,600 associates, and every associate is
committed to quality, safety and environmental stewardship. An industry
leader in environmental stewardship, SIA was the first auto assembly
plant in America to achieve zero landfill status, and SIA's entire
832-acre site has been designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the
National Wildlife Federation. SIA's community outreach programs include
providing charitable contributions and corporate sponsorships, hosting
charitable events on-site, donating vehicles and vehicle parts to
educational institutions and encouraging associate volunteerism, which
supports hundreds of non-profit organizations and schools throughout
Indiana annually. SIA was the recipient of the 2012 Governor's Award
for Corporate Service. For more information, visit www.subaru-sia.com.
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more
information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca.
Image with caption: "Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130508_C4935_PHOTO_EN_26537.jpg
Image with caption: "Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130508_C4935_PHOTO_EN_26539.jpg
SOURCE: Subaru Canada Inc.
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