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.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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