Cummins Inc. was recently recognized by the governor with a Century Business Award. The awards recognize Hoosier businesses that have remained in continuous operation for at least 50 or 100 consecutive years and demonstrated a commitment to community service.
The company was founded in Columbus in February 1919, growing from the dream and engineering skill of Clessie Cummins and the financing of W.G. Irwin. With backing from Irwin and the use of Irwin Mansion’s garage on Fifth Street, the company’s goal was to manufacture and sell internal combustion engines with diesel technology.
State Rep. Ryan Lauer made the announcement earlier this week, saying Columbus is fortunate to be the home of an industry leader that provides jobs to Hoosiers and reinvests in our community and state.