Subaru Plans to Close Its Western Regional Quarters in Irvine

From a Times Staff Writer

Subaru of America said Wednesday that it will close its Western regional office in Irvine by the end of the year and combine it with the existing Northwest regional office in Portland, Ore.

About 40 people are employed at the Irvine regional headquarters. No information was available Wednesday about possible transfers or layoffs.

Subaru officials could not be reached for comment, but in a statement issued Wednesday, the company said the consolidation had been ordered "to generate administrative efficiencies."

The combined regional offices will be permanently based in Portland and will serve as the newly formed Subaru Western Region Office, responsible for sales, service, parts and dealer relations in an eight-state territory. The move is expected to be completed by Jan. 1.

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