Cummins Inc. has announced “a significant expansion” of its Seymour, IN campus that includes an investment of $219 million in new construction and the addition of 290 jobs to support the company’s global high-horsepower engine business.
Cummins chairman & CEO Tom Linebarger was joined by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), U.S. Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) and Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman at an event Tuesday attended by the 525 employees of the Seymour Engine Plant.
“We are very excited to be announcing this major expansion of our high-horsepower business, which is possible because of our strong growth in global markets,” Linebarger said.
“The high-horsepower business is a growing part of Cummins, and because of the demand for these products throughout the world," he continued, "we are able to add new high-skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs here in our home region.”
Cummins noted this is the third major announcement for Seymour in two years. In that time, the company has added new engineering and production test cells, constructed a new shipping-and-receiving dock, enlarged the facility’s energy center and begun work on the QSK95 and the QSK120, which it calls the most powerful high-speed diesel engines in the world.As
As part of the new expansion, Cummins is adding new warehouses, more engineering and production test cells, a new office building that will house up to 500 workers, a cylinder block line and parking for the new employees. Included as well is a new manufacturing facility for aftertreatment components for high-horsepower engines.
Cummins noted that the new jobs coming to Seymour are engineering and advanced manufacturing positions that will support the company’s global high-horsepower business.
According to Cummins, the engine maker is requesting tax abatements from Seymour on the new development while the State of Indiana is offering reimbursable training grants and will develop “an inviting entrance” to the city of Seymour through the gateway project.
In addition, Indiana, the city of Seymour and Cummins have agreed to focus on improving education in Seymour and Jackson County as part of the expansion efforts.
The company pointed out that investments in educational programs help “ensure a pipeline of skilled workers” for Cummins and companies across the region and provide opportunities for residents of the local communities.
“When we can work together with state and local officials and build strong partnerships with educational institutions, Cummins benefits, and our communities thrive,” Linebarger added.