Subaru plant in Lafayette marks 25th anniversary

The Subaru logo is seen at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Workers at Lafayette’s Subaru factory are marking the 25th anniversary of the day when the first vehicles rolled off the plant’s assembly line.

A Subaru Legacy sedan and an Isuzu light truck became the first vehicles produced by the 2.3-million-square-foot plant on Sept. 11, 1989.

The partnership between Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries and Isuzu Motors survived Isuzu’s 2004 departure, going on to win a Toyota contract in 2007 to begin producing Camrys.

Subaru of Indiana executive vice president Tom Easterday tells the Journal & Courier some people doubted the plant would be successful because at the time it was “unheard of” for trucks and cars to be built at the same factory.

He says the plant and its 3,900 workers have “defied many skeptics.”

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