Engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. has announced plans to grow its professional staff at the company’s Columbus, Ind., headquarters with the addition of 600 new employees.
The announcement is the third expansion project in southern Indiana to be announced by Cummins in the past year and represents an investment of $18 million. Once the new building is filled, in 2013, Cummins will employ nearly 3,000 professionals in a two-block area of downtown Columbus, three times its local presence in 2008. Construction of the new 130,000-s.f. facility is already under way.
“Our success in global markets over the past few years allowed us to remain strong during the recent economic downturn and has positioned the company for a period of accelerated growth,” said Cummins President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Linebarger.
Cummins reported its most profitable year in company history in 2010, largely on the strength of significant growth in large international markets such as China, India and Brazil.
“Cummins is proof that strength in international markets results in economic and job growth here in the U.S.,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.
Last July, Cummins announced a $200 million expansion of its Seymour engine plant to create a technical center and manufacturing line to design and produce a new high horsepower engine. That expansion is expected to result in 200 new technical jobs over the next three years.
In October, the company announced plans to purchase a former bank office and branch in Columbus and expects to have 350 employees in that facility by the end of the year.