Pence to announce new jobs at Subaru Indiana

Gov. Mike Pence visited with Subaru officials last week during a trade trip to Japan. He'll be at the company's Lafayette plant on Monday for a jobs announcement. Photo courtesy of the governor's office.

Gov. Mike Pence will be in Lafayette on Monday morning for what his office says is a “major jobs announcement” at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, which plans to start manufacturing a new seven-seat sport utility vehicle at the Tippecanoe County plant.

The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the plant located at State Road 38 and Interstate 65.

Subaru CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga announced plans for the new vehicle—which will be exclusive to the North American market— last week at the company’s headquarters in Japan and said production will begin after 2017.

Yoshinaga did not specify how the new SUV would boost production at the plant or how many jobs could be added. Currently, the plant employs more than 3,900 Hoosiers and is the only Subaru assembly plant outside of Japan. In May, Yoshinaga said the facility could raise production to 394,000 vehicles by the end of 2016, up from about 365,000 in 2014. 

Currently, the Lafayette plant produces the Subaru Legacy and Outback. It also produces the Toyota Camry under contract with Toyota, although that arrangement is expected to end as early as fall 2016.

Last week, Pence visited Subaru officials as part of an economic trade mission to Japan. The trip coincided with the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference.

Bloomberg News contributed to this report.

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