This Day in Dayton, 24 November

On November 24,1985, an article in the Journal and Courier revealed that Lafayette was competing to attract a Toyota Motors Corp. car plant to a site on Indiana 38 just south of Lafayette. If you looked closely at the map accompanying the article, you would notice that Dayton was labeled on the other side of the site, but no mention was made of it in the article itself. The site is described as “near Lafayette.” The land was optioned to Norfolk Southern Corp. and the railroad had been trying to land an auto plant there for several years. Among the reasons cited for its ideal location were: Lafayette is “in the center of a car belt,” access to I-65 and the Norfolk and Western Railroad, planned development as an industrial site would make zoning not a problem, the land is flat and the soil will hold the plant, the site is far enough from other industry to not cause pollution problems, Lafayette can provide the water and sewage, and electric and gas lines are close enough to be extended. In addition, the closeness to Purdue makes it attractive. Apparently Lafayette lost out on this plant, but soon they would win another one: Subaru-Isuzu.

Susan ClawsonComment