Cummins announces new Electrified Power HQ in Columbus

Mayor Jim Lienhoop, State Rep. Ryan Lauer and members of City Council are attending the Cummins announcement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. WRB photo

Cummins is announcing a $33 million dollar investment in Columbus with up to 75 new jobs.

At an event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this afternoon, Cummins announced that it would be upgrading the Columbus Engine Plant on Central Avenue, making it the corporate hub and  primary North American manufacturing center for the company’s newest business segment, Electrified Power.

According to company officials, Cummins plans to add up to 75 new positions by the end of 2021 that will pay an average hourly rate higher than the county and state average.

Mayor Jim Lienhoop says this is great news for Columbus.

About 300 people work in the Electrified Business at eight locations worldwide, including more than 200 engineers. Hiring for a variety of positions will begin in the near future. Interested applicants may learn more and apply online.

Founded in 2018, the Electrified Power business designs and manufactures fully electric and hybrid powertrain systems along with innovative components and subsystems to serve commercial markets as they adopt electrification. The first products will include  fully electric powertrains for transit and school buses.

The company reports that it chose to center the new business at CEP because of its close proximity to its original equipment manufacturer customer base, suppliers and partners. CEP also has a “dedicated workforce well equipped to transform the plant  into an innovative hub capable of delivering the next century of Cummins’ electrified solutions.”

Upgrades to CEP began last year and are ongoing, as employees have already begun locating in the facility. Cummins employs more than 10,000 in Indiana.

According to state officials, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Cummins up to $950,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants to help with the expansion. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.

Also at the Speedway event, Cummins announced new plans to locate a new office building in Greenwood for digital and information technology employees. And in Indianapolis, the company has renovated space at the Salesforce tower and is in the process of building out additional space at its Distribution Business headquarters in downtown Indy.

Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks at the Cummins event today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. WRB photo.