Subaru of Indiana Automotive is joining the growing ranks of automakers putting hourly plant employees on furlough due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Japanese automaker’s only North America factory was initially idled on March 23. The shutdown was later extended until April 6 and again until April 20.
The company said the one-week furlough will begin Monday.
“While Subaru of Indiana Automotive was pleased to provide full pay for three weeks, next week will be unpaid for our hourly associates,” a plant spokesman said via email. “The situation was no longer sustainable while production remains suspended amid health concerns, declining market demand and supply chain issues.”
Plant employees, including temporary production employees with at least 90 days of service, are receiving full pay through April 10.
Subaru said health insurance and all other benefits will be retained. Hourly employees will qualify for unemployment benefits beginning on April 13.
The Lafayette, Ind., plant…