Thursday, October 10, 2002

Cummins to cut jobs at Ind. plant

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ind. - Diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. plans to eliminate about 200 jobs at its Columbus plant by consolidating heavy-duty engine assembly and test operations to a New York factory.

The company said Wednesday that assembly and test operations would be moved to its Jamestown, N.Y., plant. Cummins said it would continue to manufacture cylinder heads and engine blocks in Columbus.

Cummins employs about 5,100 people at plants in Columbus and Seymour. The company's corporate headquarters also is in Columbus, about 40 miles south of Indianapolis. About 750 work at the Jamestown factory.

Some current employees in Columbus' assembly and test operations might be transferred to other local plants, company spokesman Jason Rawlings said.

Mr. Rawlings said the company expected the consolidation to eventually result in more jobs at the Jamestown plant in western New York. The company said it expected the consolidation to be completed by March 2003.

Besides making diesel engines, Cummins manufactures electrical power generators and related technologies. With about 24,900 employees worldwide, Cummins reported sales of $5.7 billion in 2001.

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