LAFAYETTE -- The Subaru Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County's largest private employer, will stay closed through May 8, the company announced Monday.
About 6,300 workers at the plant near Interstate 65 have been off the job since mid-March, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to shut down manufacturing across the state.
A number of factors went into the decision, according to a company spokesman. "In response to ongoing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including declining market demand and supply chain issues, Subaru of Indiana Automotive is extgending its shutdown through March, May 8 and plans to resume production on Monday, May11," said Craig Koven, Communications and External Relations Manager.
About half of Subaru's overall USA production comes from the Lafayette facility.
The plant turns out the Ascent, Outback, Legacy and Impreza models.