At the end of the Great Recession in June 2009, cars are still made in Indiana with an upturn of auto manufacturing jobs.
“Over the 2000-2008 period, statewide auto worker employment in vehicle manufacturing was virtually constant at approximately 20,000,” reported IN Context, a publication from Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business. This number declined to about 15,000 auto workers at the end of the recession. The upturn in the auto manufacturing in 2012 produced reports of employment growth at Indiana’s plants.
Changes on the automotive manufacturing landscape included Subaru-Isuzu Automotive in Lafayette changing its name to Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. in 2003. The company discontinued production of Isuzu vehicles in 2004, and began to build the Toyota Camry in 2007.
Plus, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana in Princeton discontinued production of the Tundra in 2008 and commenced producing Sienna in 2003 and Highlander in 2009.
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg started building the Civic in 2008 and will add the Civic Hybrid and Acura ILX sedan in 2013.
AM General in Mishawaka sold the marketing rights to the civilian Hummer brand to General Motors (rebranded by GM as the H1) in 1999. AM General continued production of the H1 until June 2006. AMG built a separate factory in Mishawaka in 2002 to build a new Hummer H2, designed by and marketed by General Motors. Production of the Hummer H2 ended in 2008. The company began assembling Vehicle Production Group’s MV-1 on September 21, 2011. The MV-1 is the first factory-built vehicle which meets or exceeds the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2011, the military determined that the HMMWV had reached the end of its service life and the contracts ended in March 2012. In August 2012, AMG announced that it would produce 22 prototypes of its Blast Resistant Vehicle – Off road (BRV-O) for government testing for the U.S. military’s new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).
The General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Truck Plant has produced Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks in Indiana since late 1986. The Chevrolet Silverado HD won the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award and the 2010 GMC Sierra LD was voted Best in the Full Size Pickup segment.
Although diminished, Indiana continues in its role of producing automobiles in America.
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