As soon as you walk onto the shop floor at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), you can feel the energy and intensity.
Subaru is known as a thoughtful, deliberate company, with one of the most loyal customer bases in the industry. The inner operations of their Lafayette plant are no different. Every department, every employee, and every action has an intentional purpose meant to increase efficiency while providing a positive work environment.
Two themes continually appear across all the different departments: teamwork and kaizen. Kaizen, a Japanese term for ‘continual improvement,’ encourages employees of all levels to submit ideas for ways to improve efficiency and performance.
SIA’s status as the first zero-landfill auto manufacturing facility in the U.S. is in part due to its kaizen approach. Employees have taken note of ways to recycle different materials used for packaging, or other uses for an excess material, and are rewarded for their help in making the plant even leaner and greener.
And the plant’s motto, “Team Up for Tomorrow,” echoes this mentality of continual improvement, as employees lean on each other for help with challenges, and maintain a friendly, positive vibe around the plant. Even at the end of a long, tiring shift, they know that their work is being appreciated both inside the plant, in the community and around the world.
Upon final inspection at the end of the production line, vehicles get shipped to dealers near and far. Locally-owned Bob Rohrman’s says they receive around 130 new cars a month to sell just in Lafayette, and are looking to expand. Meanwhile, thousands of other Indiana-made Subarus are exported around the U.S. and to more than 50 different countries.
As SIA continues to expand its team, Indiana will continue to benefit from the expanding global market of tomorrow.