Tom Easterday

Work Share Bill Dies Without A Vote

Jan 19, 2016
State of Indiana /

It’s hard to find issues at the Statehouse that both the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the unions agree on.  But instituting a work share program is one of them.  In spite of this, work share legislation was shut down Tuesday without even a committee vote.

Work share programs allow companies to reduce hours instead of laying people off. Employees can then claim partial unemployment benefits to help compensate for the cut in hours. 

Subaru of Indiana Automotive

A fourth vehicle model is set to be manufactured at Lafayette’s Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant beginning in 2018.

SIA officials announced Monday that a new larger three-row crossover model will be added to the production line, effectively replacing the Tribeca, which is no longer manufactured.

Beyond that, little is known about the unnamed vehicle, including how the plant will expand to increase production or how many jobs might be created.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Subaru of Indiana Automotive announced today the Lafayette plant will be increasing its workforce and production by nearly a third -- and adding 1,200 new jobs -- as part of its plan to increase its production output.

SIA is investing $140 million dollars to up production by nearly 100,000 thousand vehicles a year.  SIA currently produces about 300,000 cars each year.

The expansion will take place over the next two years, and most of the jobs will be on the production line.

SIA Vice President Tom Easterday expects the new hires will come from within Indiana:

SIA reaches production milestone

Aug 28, 2013

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 expansion to add up to 900 jobs

May 8, 2013

Subaru of Indiana Automotive plans to expand its Lafayette plant again. The company announced Wednesday morning it will add production of the Subaru Impreza in 2016.

The expansion means an investment of more than $400 million and the creation of up to 900 new jobs.

SIA executive vice president Tom Easterday says this is an economic boon for the entire community.

SIA makes South Tipp Park its community project

Apr 17, 2013
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

A community fundraising initiative will benefit one of Lafayette’s neighborhood parks.

Each year, Subaru of Indiana Automotive chooses a community project and helps with fundraising. The effort this year will cover half the cost of reworking South Tipp Park at Third and Fountain streets.

Ellsworth-Romig Neighborhood Association President Gail Brock says it will take a lot of people to hit the $100,000 goal.

SIA Safe Haven Home opens to those in need

Feb 20, 2013

There’s a new shelter in the Lafayette area for families in an emergency situation.

The SIA Safe Haven Home opened Wednesday at the Faith Ministries property on State Road 26 East. It’s run in partnership with the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Faith senior pastor Steve Viars says the Red Cross is able to provide those in need with a few nights at a hotel, but nothing longer-term, until now.

Roswarski: $200M capital investment at SIA plant

Feb 5, 2013

More information about a planned expansion at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) is coming out. Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski announced the capital investment will be $200 million at the plant. He made the comment during his State of the City address Monday night.

Roswarski says he expects the project to create a significant number of jobs in Lafayette.

SIA plant continues to grow

Jan 15, 2013

Subaru of Indiana Automotive is expected to increase production with a new model line.

Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru and SIA, announced its production plans for the coming years. Those include boosting output at the Lafayette plant.

That will include production of a new model in 2016. More details will be announced around the end of March.

The SIA plant is undergoing a $75 million build-out, creating a 52,000 square-foot space in the body assembly section.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive made three gifts announcements Monday at a lunch celebrating its silver anniversary.

One is a pledge to increase its contributions to the S.I.A. Foundation, which awards grants to groups throughout the state.

Executive Vice President Tom Easterday says over the next ten years, the company will donate about $2.5 million to the Foundation.

"Hopefully that will enable us to double the amount of grants. We've been able to give grants to more than 150 organizations over the years, nearly $800,000."