Subaru of Indiana recruits soldiers from Kentucky

An Indiana auto assembly plant and economic development officials have turned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to recruit soldiers planning to leave the military.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., in conjunction with Greater Lafayette Commerce, has enjoyed some success finding soldiers willing to relocate to the Lafayette area about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Eighteen Fort Campbell soldiers recently attended a talent attraction weekend at SIA in which they toured the plant that now employs more than 3,700 workers, explored the Lafayette area and completed a pre-hiring assessment. Nearly half of the attendees plan to accept an offer from SIA and relocate in the next few months, the Journal & Courier reported.

Kara Webb, workforce development coordinator for Greater Lafayette Commerce, said former soldiers are attractive to employers.

"Veterans have … great teamwork skills, problem-solving skills and the best work ethic. There are also tax credit opportunities for employers who hire veterans. America's veterans are the backbone of community where ever they land," Webb said.

Brad Rhorer, an SIA human resources manager, said the program has been successful in its first iteration. He said the company plans to continue working with Fort Campbell. With the Purdue Polytechnic Institute on site and opportunities for advanced manufacturing education, Rhorer said there are ample opportunities for advancement.

Subaru has more than 4,400 employees in Indiana.

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