Cummins Inc. is strengthening its commitment to Columbus, where the company was founded 100 years ago, and where it operates its global headquarters.

On Thursday, May 16, 2019 Cummins announced they will locate the new headquarters of its new Electrified Power business segment at its Columbus Engine Plant, also known as Plant One, at 500 Central Ave. CEP will serve as the corporate hub and primary North American manufacturing center for Electrified Power.

The $33 million investment in the 1.6-million-square-foot facility includes $30 million worth of machinery and equipment, and will create 75 new jobs by 2021.

“Where it all began for diesel, it’s all going to begin for electric,” Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said during Thursday afternoon’s announcement event in the company’s pavilion at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — during Cummins Day for its employees at the track.

The new business segment will launch its first commercial product later this year, an electrified powertrain in the GILLIG zero-emissions city transit buses, which will launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

Linebarger said Columbus has supported Cummins since the founding of the company, and although other locations for the Electrified Power headquarters were considered, after about a year-and-a-half they decided the Columbus Engine Plant was the best fit.

The 75 new jobs for Electrified Power will pay an average of $62,000, Linebarger said, and current workers on production lines will have the opportunity to apply for the jobs. The segment likely will have more employees in the future, but Linebarger said it’s too early to know how many.

“We’ve tried to create Columbus as a community that welcomes business, that has a good climate for business, so it’s affirmation that we’re successful in that regard,” Linebarger said.

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(The above is an excerpt of a story published in The Republic, May 17, 2019, with additions by Greater Columbus EDC.  Used by permission.)