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Seymour Big Engine Growth At Cummins

Posted on July 9, 2010

Laying the groundwork for what it says will be a significant expansion of its higher output engine lines, Cummins Inc. announced it is expanding its High-Horsepower Technical Center and high-horsepower engine production line at its manufacturing facility in Seymour, Indiana, U.S.A. That expansion will also pave the way for the introduction of a new larger displacement engine, Cummins said. The company provided no details, only saying that the new large engine will complement its current high-horsepower lineup, which is used in mining, power generation, marine, oil and gas and rail applications around the world. The product investment will increase the plant’s capacity and manufacturing capability, and will include a new assembly line, paint area and production test cells.

Cummins said it plans to invest approximately $100 million in the expansion at the Seymour plant, which is expected to result in approximately 200 engineering and manufacturing jobs over the next five years. The plant currently employs nearly 450 people. At the same time, Cummins said it has changed the name of the facility to the Seymour Engine Plant, from the Cummins Industrial Center, saying the new name is consistent with the company’s practice at its other major engine manufacturing locations elsewhere. The Seymour Engine Plant opened in 1976 and is currently devoted to manufacturing V903, K19, QSK19 and QST30 diesel and natural gas engines.

The technical center expansion will almost double the current engineering footprint in the facility, Cummins said, and will increase the company’s high-horsepower mechanical development capability. Other capital expenditures will include additional equipment, test cells and other facility upgrades. Preparations for the technical center expansion are scheduled to start immediately, and construction is expected to be complete by mid-2011. The high-horsepower segment, which covers engines from 19 to 91 L, accounted for approximately 17% of Cummins engine sales in 2009.

“Our high-horsepower business continues to grow in importance,” said Tom Linebarger, president and chief operating officer. “This facility and product line expansion will allow us to maintain our technology leadership and strong product portfolio. Cummins will continue to provide leadership as our customers face ever more challenging worldwide emissions regulations.”

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