SIA TO ADD IMPREZA PRODUCTION, CREATE 900 JOBS

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
MAY 8, 2013 
SIA TO ADD IMPREZA PRODUCTION, CREATE 900 JOBS 
Expansion investment estimated at $400 million 
(Lafayette, IN) Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) the
North American manufacturer of Subaru vehicles, announced today
that it is expanding its plant in Lafayette, Indiana to add
production of the Subaru Impreza beginning in 2016. The
expansion project will create approximately 900 new jobs and
involve an investment of approximately $400 million.
Subaru models currently produced at SIA include the Subaru
Outback, Legacy and Tribeca. 
The Subaru Impreza is currently built only at Subaru’s Yajima
and Main plants in Japan. Powered by Subaru’s 4-cyliner,
horizontally-opposed BOXER engine and equipped with
symmetrical all-wheel drive, the Impreza is popular for its
performance and safety features as well as its excellent fuel
economy. 
Record sales and a gain in market share in North America led
SIA’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) to the
decision to invest $400 million to build the Impreza at SIA and
expand the plant’s production capacity by about 100,000 vehicles
annually. SIA Associates built a company record 271,583 vehicles
in its fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2013. The expansion
will involve construction to expand SIA’s total square footage
by over a half million square feet. The project will also
include 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. 
In addition to the approximately $400 million capital
investment in the facility expansion and new equipment, SIA will
be adding about 900 additional 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.” 
“An expansion project of this magnitude could not have been
possible without the support of the Indiana Economic Development
Corporation, Greater Lafayette Commerce and local and state
government officials,” remarked Easterday. Joining him at
today’s announcement was Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, Lafayette
Mayor, Tony Roswarski and Tippecanoe County Board of
Commissioners President, David Byers. 
“We are proud that Indiana will be home to the continued
investment of a world-class company like Subaru,” said Pence.
“With our competitive tax climate, strong workforce and
unmatched infrastructure, the world recognizes that the Hoosier
State is open for business.” 
“A lot of us can remember when it was first announced that
Subaru was going to locate in Lafayette and what that would mean
for our economy,” stated Mayor Roswarski. “They have far
exceeded any of our expectations. And today they will do that
again with this announcement which is the largest in our and
their history. We are privileged to be a partner with Subaru,
their management here and in Japan and every Associate on this
momentous occasion. I couldn’t be more pleased with their
continued confidence in our community and look forward to our
shared growth and prosperity.” 
Construction on 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
which was announced in May 2012 that will increase SIA’s Subaru
capacity from 156,000 to 180,000 units annually with no
overtime. 
About SIA 
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 . 
Contact: Jennifer McGarvey
(P) 765.449.6269 (C) 765.413.5531
jennifer.mcgarvey@subaru-sia.com 
(bjh) NY 
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