Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Subaru Corp.'s lone manufacturing plant in the U.S., which makes two strong-selling crossovers, canceled its first shift on Tuesday because of a supplier issue. In an update this afternoon, the spokesman said the plant will resume operations for the second shift
"Due to a supplier issue, first shift production has been canceled today," said a plant spokesman in an emailed statement. "However, in these types of situations, we typically do not disclose the name of the supplier or the issue."
The plant, in Lafayette, Ind., produces the Impreza sedan and hatchback, Ascent three-row crossover, Legacy midsize sedan and Outback midsize crossover. Production of the redesigned 2020 Legacy and Outback began in late July. The plant employs around 6,000 people.
Through September, the Outback was Subaru's best-selling nameplate in the U.S. Subaru's overall U.S. sales fell 9.4 percent in September, snapping a streak of 93 monthly sales gains.
It's unclear when the issue emerged or how many suppliers were affected.
One area supplier to the Subaru plant, NHK Seating of America, said on its Facebook page that there was no production for its second shift on Monday and that the Tuesday first shift manufacturing and materials associates were not working.
But on Tuesday afternoon, the company posted that second-shift employees are scheduled to report as normal for all departments.
An employee who answered the phone at NHK Seating of America said the company would not be making any comments at this time. NHK Seating of America’s plant is in Frankfurt, Ind.