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Subaru expanding to hike production

Friday, June 01, 2012    

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LAFAYETTE, Indiana (AP) — Subaru plans a US$75 million expansion of its central Indiana factory in order to increase production of its Outback and Legacy models.

Company executives announced plans for the project Wednesday at the factory near Lafayette, saying they expected to add up to 100 jobs over the next two years at the plant where about 3,600 people now work.

Subaru says the expansion will allow the factory to build 180,000 vehicles a year without overtime work, an increase of about 24,000 vehicles.

Subaru of Indiana executive vice president Tom Easterday says the expansion is needed to meet increased North American demand.

The Lafayette factory opened in 1989 and produces Legacy, Outback and Tribeca models for Subaru along with Toyota Camrys.

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