Subaru announces $75M expansion of its Indiana plant

 As we expected, Subaru has confirmed that it will expand its Lafayette, Indiana, plant as part of its greater focus on the North American market.

The $75 million project will see production capacity of the Outback and Legacy models increase, while up to 100 new jobs will be created by the end of 2014. The expansion should also allow building about 24,000 extra vehicles, a boost of about 15 percent over current levels.

More importantly, it should allow the plant to boost annual production to 180,000 vehicles annually without overtime. Last year, the factory made about 171,000 cars but required overtime hours to do so. The plan is to add 52,000 square feet to the production facility.

The factory currently employs nearly 3,600 people and was opened in 1989. Apart from Legacy, Outback, and Tribeca models, it also handles some production of Toyota's Camry family sedan.

The Lafayette plant is Subaru's sole North American factory and is responsible for making more than half of all Subarus sold here.

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