Impreza line part of Subaru, Lafayette’s growth


Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.’s expansion will not only usher in 1,200 new jobs but production of a new model — the Impreza, which the company unveiled late last month at the New York International Auto Show.

Manufacturing of the 2017 Impreza will begin this November.

SIA is able to produce the Impreza because of a $140 million expansion to its current facility. The company will terminate the Camry line to accommodate Impreza production, said SIA vice president Tom Easterday. It will increase output of Outbacks and continue the Legacy line.

“Adding another Subaru to our lineup, particularly with the growth Subaru is undergoing, is very exciting,” Easterday said.

Subaru’s U.S sales are indeed booming. In 2015, the company reported 582,675 sales, and this March marked its most profitable quarter. And what is good for Subaru is good for Greater Lafayette, officials say.

Lafayette economic development director Dennis Carson said Impreza production coupled with the expansion brings quality employment to the area.

“These are jobs that can support a family for a good quality of life,” said Carson. “In addition, the multiplier effect of an international auto company such as Subaru is 10:1. For every job they create, an additional 10 is created in the economy, many of which will be right here in Tippecanoe County.”

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