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SIA reaches production milestone

A blue 2014 Subaru Outback - that was the honored car at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) plant Wednesday.

The Lafayette facility produced it as its four millionth vehicle since production began in 1989.

Executive Vice President Tom Easterday says the company’s growth has continued even through the recent recession.

“The Outback, the Legacy and the Camry have all sold very well in recent years, and that’s enabled really to go from our three millionth vehicle, which was produced on September 29, 2009, to our four millionth vehicle here in less than four years.”

SIA produces the Camry through a contract with Toyota.

Easterday says part of the company’s success can be attributed to its location.

“We have a couple of advantages in the workforce, certainly in the universities and the system of education that we have here that is improving, and definitely with our logistics location and transportation systems that are in place.”

The Lafayette plant is expanding to produce the Subaru Impreza in 2016.

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