U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita released the following statement after today's announcement of a $400 million expansion of the Subaru of Indiana Automotive facility in Lafayette. The expansion will create an estimated 900 new jobs and will expand the plant's annual production capacity by approximately 100,000 vehicles.
"This announcement is further proof that the business climate we have created in Indiana over the past decade can compete with any other region in the world. The expansion will create more jobs and better lives for so many in the greater Lafayette area, and I look forward to continuing the great partnership between the state of Indiana and Subaru.
"Subaru has been an invested citizen of the Lafayette community through philanthropy, service, and most importantly, creating jobs. I commend President and CEO Masaki Okawara, Executive Vice President Tom Easterday, and the Subaru associates whose hard work continues to put Subaru of Indiana at the forefront of job creation and innovation. I welcome their renewed and expanded commitment to greater Lafayette and look forward to their continued growth in the future," said Rokita.
Through his Red Tape Rollback program, Rep. Rokita has made efforts to improve the regulatory climate for Hoosier employers like Subaru. The latest expansion will increase production of current models and add the production of the Subaru Impreza to the facility. According to reports, more than half of all Subarus sold in North America in 2012 were produced at the Lafayette facility.
Yesterday, Chief Executive Magazine rated Indiana the 5th Best State for Business in 2013. Today's announcement reinforces and adds even more momentum for job creation in the Hoosier state.
Due to votes scheduled in Washington, Representative Rokita was unable to attend today's announcement. A member of Rokita's staff was in attendance for the event with Governor Pence and other state and locally elected officials.