Pence visits Cummins plant in China

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence finished his third day in Beijing by observing Indiana-headquartered Cummins Inc.’s role in the innovation and production of clean technology.

“Technology developed by Hoosiers in Columbus is powering Cummins engines built around the world, including here in China,” Pence said in a statement. “As Cummins grows and thrives in these markets, more high-wage jobs in engineering and R&D are created at home.”

The Columbus-based company is known for developing and advancing solutions for high quality and clean diesel engines for both on-highway and off-highway vehicles. The company employs approximately 9,000 Hoosiers.

The company’s ties to China date back to 1975 when then-CEO J. Irwin Miller led the company’s first delegation to Beijing. Today, Cummins is recognized as the largest foreign investor in the Chinese diesel engine industry.

The Beijing Foton-Cummins facility is responsible for producing the Cummins ISF light-duty engine and ISG heavy-duty engine. Both engines meet high emission and efficiency standards. Engine platforms are targeted primarily for Chinese markets, but their technology is a result of the collaboration of a global team, including more than 100 U.S. engineers.

“This will not only fuel our growth in local market,” Steve Chapman, the vice president of China and Russia Cummins, said in a statement, “but also creates value for our stakeholders in the U.S.” is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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