Subaru of Indiana Automotive Celebrates Grand-Opening of New Solar Powered Technical Training Center

Subaru of Indiana Automotive has invested $4.2 million in workforce development and recently celebrated the grand-opening of their new Technical Training Center. This 20,000 square foot facility is twice the size of the previous technical training center that was built thirty years ago. 

“This facility marks a big, exciting step in the evolution of how we will educate our workforce for lifelong careers in advanced manufacturing,” said Scott Brand, senior vice president of administration and quality at SIA. “In fact, it will revolutionize the way we train our current and future production associates.”

This brand-new facility includes a 7,000 square foot simulated factory floor that includes training robots, assembly line simulators, a car lift, a forklift, and a hands-on working space for the Advanced Internship in Manufacturing program. The new facility also includes nine classrooms, including those with laboratory-type layouts for maintenance-related training in hydraulics, and electricity. The state-of-the-art facility also offers two work simulation rooms in addition to a larger computer lab.

“Training has always been a cornerstone of our quality strategy,” said Brand. “Whether it’s primary job skills, enhancing effectiveness through refresher courses, or providing access to college-level courses and degrees, we’re committed to helping our associates grow.”

In addition to the new facility, Subaru of Indiana Automotive also developed programs with several workforce development partners including Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Vincennes University and Ivy Tech Community College.

“Through collaborative efforts, we have made higher education a reality for many associates who would otherwise not have the opportunity,” said Brand. “By improving the abilities of our associates, they will be ready to assume the technical and leadership roles we have, both now and in the future.”

Subaru of Indiana Automotive prides itself on being the first U.S. auto plant to achieve multiple environmentally friendly initiatives. Now, for the first time, the Technical Training Center is also serving as pilot project for solar energy. The rooftop features 364 solar panels that can power over half of the facility’s operations and will reduce carbon emissions by 47%.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive is Subaru’s only manufacturing facility outside of Japan. This facility currently produces the Subaru Ascent, Impreza, Legacy and Outback for North America. 

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