In mid-November 2013, the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Ind. took a direct hit from an EF-3 tornado.
Sixty percent of the roof was ripped off. Thirty-foot walls inside the facility were lost. Computers were ruined.
Yet the plant managed to only lose one day of production.
“It was amazing how people came together,” said Denise Coogan, manager of safety and environmental corporate affairs, told participants in a facility tour, part of the EHS Today Safety Leadership Conference.
Using contracted help and its own workforce, Subaru cleaned up the debris and dealt with the aftermath of the natural disaster with only one recordable injury – a hand laceration sustained while an employee was pumping water out of the plant.