Helping Tornado Victims Rebuild

Cummins employees Brian Vogel and Jacob Rudge work on the Cummins house in Henryville as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Building Blitz Oct. 8-12.

Cummins employees, led by workers at the Columbus Engine Plant (CEP), are making a huge difference in the lives of some southern Indiana tornado victims.

More than 250 employees from Columbus, Walesboro and Seymour in southern Indiana are providing a big share of the muscle behind Habitat for Humanity’s campaign to build 10 homes for families in Henryville, Ind. by the end of December.

The community, tucked along Interstate 65 about 20 miles north of Louisville, Ky., was hard hit by tornados that devastated parts of the state last March.

“This project would not have been possible without wonderful, compassionate corporate giving,” said Gina Leckron, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Indiana. She cited support from Cummins and Lowe’s home improvement stores as well as the Indiana Conference of United Methodist Churches and the Ogle Foundation based in Clark County, Ind.

“We couldn’t do this work without their donations, but even more importantly without their volunteers,” Leckron added. “And Cummins is a leader on this build in bringing multiple volunteers to help us get the project complete.”

Habitat sponsored a building blitz Oct. 8-12, recruiting more than 1,000 volunteers over the course of the week to get the exteriors of the homes complete. The Columbus Engine Plant bused down 35 to 40 workers each day of the blitz. As the week went on, other Cummins businesses joined the effort including the Hedgehog group based in Seymour, and the Columbus Mid Range Engine Plant in Walesboro.

By the last day of the blitz, the number of Cummins employees working in Henryville swelled to nearly 100. That was far too many for the house sponsored by Cummins, so employees were dispatched to several building sites in the neighborhood.

“The outpouring was incredible,” said Ben Slaton, the Community Involvement Team (CIT) co-leader at the Columbus Engine Plant along with Rob Smith.

“It’s amazing how quickly this all came together,” added Slaton, a Program Coordinator in Cummins Turbo Technologies. “So many people worked so hard to make this happen.”

“The energy from people coming back from Henryville was amazing,” added Margo Rout, Human Resources Manager for the Engine Business’ Viking Project at CEP and the “master scheduler” for the project. “People were saying, ‘I want to go back.’”

By the end of the blitz, the exteriors of the 10 new homes in the Twin Oaks subdivision were complete with the exception of some brick work that will be done by professional contractors.

Contractors will also finish a lot of the interior work. The CEP Community Involvement Team, however, plans to continue sending workers until the houses are finished. By mid-December, families are expected to move into the 10 new homes in Henryville. The project is expected to cost nearly $1 million.

Habitat is a faith-based organization dedicated to increasing the amount of decent, affordable housing around the world. The group depends on volunteer labor from corporations, churches and other groups. In addition, the families who will own the houses provide “sweat equity,” working side-by-side with the volunteers as their homes are built.

The house sponsored by Cummins with a $50,000 grant from The Cummins Foundation will be owned by Kris and Steven Sullivan, who have a 12-year-old son and a newborn baby boy. Their older son was ill on March 2 and would normally have stayed home by himself, his mother says.

However, rather than have him stay home and play video games all day, she insisted he go to his grandma’s house. Later that day, the tornado destroyed most of the house they were renting and nearly all of their possessions.

“It was a blessing by God that he wasn’t there home alone,” Kris Sullivan said.

That wasn’t the only blessing since the tornado. She feels blessed by the birth of her son two months ago and by the Cummins employees who are working so hard to make her family’s dream of a home of their own come true.

“These people don’t even know me,” she said as the house was built. “I keep telling them, ‘you don’t even know me.’ It’s just incredible.”

For their part, Cummins employees say they got a lot more out of the blitz than they invested in physical labor.

“This has been a fantastic experience,” said Scott Grant, the Customer Care Leader for Viking at CEP who was in Henryville Oct. 12 for a second day of work that week. “I got the chance to work with the family that will own the house. I met so many people I didn’t know. I liked it so much, I came back.”

“I feel very proud to be a part of Cummins,” said Soumee Roy, an Aftertreatment Integration Engineer in the Engine Business. “Though my contribution was only a drop in the ocean, we as a team can not only rebuild houses but also help rebuild dreams.”

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Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

 

In the Path of the Storm, They Stayed to Make a Difference

Cummins employees in Puerto Rico unload supplies to keep the branch going over long hours.
Cummins employees in Puerto Rico unload supplies to keep the branch going over long hours.

As Hurricane Maria approached Puerto Rico, Cummins Sales Representatives Ricardo Diaz and Rafael Mitchell, as well as Regional Business Manager Daniel Ortiz, quickly realized this was going to be a storm unlike any they had seen before.

They knew there would be much to do once the hurricane passed. So, while many residents left the island if they could, Diaz, Mitchell and Ortiz stayed behind along with every employee at the Cummins branch in Cataño, Puerto Rico. Less than a week after the storm hit Sept. 20, 2017, everyone was back at the branch, helping customers and those in need get back on their collective feet.

"Cummins is more than just a provider of equipment, we help our communities," Diaz said. "It really shows that we live by our values, and that we are part of the community."

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

The hurricane left more than 3 million residents without power and destroyed most of the island’s electrical grid. For almost nine months, much of the U.S. territory was dependent on new and existing generators for power if they had power at all. Some residents are still without electricity today due to the fragility of the grid.

“The first four weeks were critical,” Ortiz recalled. “Everyone, including us, were making the impossible happen.”

The Cummins team transported products to key installations such as hospitals and shelters across Puerto Rico. The branch shared its supplies and expertise with groups desperately in need of help, regardless of whether they were Cummins customers.

But maybe the most important effort Cummins employees undertook was at one of the main utility generating stations near the branch. Even though the station uses steam turbines and boilers to generate power, a Cummins technician and his supervisor played a key role in getting electricity flowing from the station into the island’s largest city, San Juan. That, in turn, got electricity to one of Puerto Rico’s largest hospitals and the water utility, too.

Company technicians were on site 24/7 looking after generators at the Convention Center, home to both the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters as well as Puerto Rico’s largest shelter. Technicians were also on duty at all ports on the island where power was critical to keep perishable food donations safe. 

 “The first four weeks were the worst,” Diaz said. “The scarcity of products at supermarkets, six-hour lines for gas and diesel and the tense moments while people were in those lines were a real challenge and very stressful situations. 

“But Puerto Ricans really came through with empathy to each other, acceptance, adaptation and reliance during those difficult times,” he said.

AWARD WINNERS PRAISE TEAM APPROACH

Ortiz said every member of the Cummins team was working long hours so the branch tried to create spaces where employees could get an occasional break before heading back out.

The team put cots out in the branch, which already included a washer, dryer and refrigerator that became critical features after the storm. The team also rented an apartment nearby to provide some additional space for breaks. Cummins delivered water, food and Wi-Fi routers to get the branch open and keep the team nourished for those long hours. 

Diaz and Mitchell were recently honored with Cummins Legendary Sales Awards for their actions and performance during the storm. But they are quick to say the response to Hurricane Maria was a total team effort. 

Legendary Sales Award winners Rafael Mitchell, second from left, and Ricardo Diaz, far right, are joined by David Hagewood, Vice President - Power Generation, far left, and Nabil Contreras, Caribbean Commercial Sales Director, second from right.
Legendary Sales Award winners Rafael Mitchell, second from left, and Ricardo Diaz, far right, are joined by David Hagewood, Vice President - Power Generation, far left, and Nabil Contreras, Caribbean Commercial Sales Director, second from right.

For example, Nabil Contreras, Caribbean Commercial Sales Director, worked tirelessly from the mainland United States to get equipment and support into Puerto Rico. The entire Cummins Caribbean team worked with the network of Cummins Sales and Service North America branches to prepare for the storm, assess its aftermath and plan for recovery.

The company’s Crisis Action Management Program helped ensure the branch had needed supplies, and many Cummins Sales and Service regions sent their own technicians to the island to help.

 “There are so many great stories behind-the-scenes from customers and employees that would make all of us working at Cummins proud,” Diaz said.

 By working together, Cummins employees kept desperately needed power Always On. 

Includes reporting by Kaitlin Hiquet and Asia Jernigan.
 

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

 

Cummins Recognizes Our Veterans Who Make Our Countries and Company Better

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to end when the armistice took effect. One hundred years later, we still commemorate that momentous day when after four years of constant shelling and gunfire, silence ensued. 

As we near the 11th and mark Remembrance Day in countries around the world and Veterans Day in the United States, I want to recognize all of our veterans at Cummins who bring a diverse skill set and experiences to our company, customers and communities.  On behalf of the Cummins Leadership Team, thank you for your dedication, sacrifice, service and commitment to your country.  We are also deeply grateful that you are sharing your talents and skills as part of the Cummins team.

Veterans Day and Remembrance Day give those of us who have benefited from the service of our brave women and men in the armed forces the opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made on our behalf in service to their country. As the proud father and nephew of Marines, I have the privilege of spending time with both active duty and veteran members of the military and learning from their experiences.   

Last year, Cummins was officially recognized as a Military-Friendly Employer, joining a group of 180 companies who put significant time and resources into recruiting and retaining military personnel, as well as implementing policies to support our employees who continue to serve. We want the number of veterans at Cummins to continue to increase, and we can all play a role in making that happen. 

To our veterans, I want to reiterate our deep gratitude for your service, and for sharing your unique abilities and experiences with Cummins. You make us all, and the company, better. To all employees, I would ask that on this day you truly exemplify our value of caring, and take the time to recognize our veterans who have given so much of themselves to their country and to Cummins. 
 

Thad Ewald

Thad Ewald is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for Cummins Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible globally for the formulation of strategy, developing and coordinating both functions, Enterprise Risk Management, starting new growth businesses and all activity for partnerships, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

A profile on Cummins Juarez

Cummins plant in Juarez

Celebrating the contributions of our Latino and Hispanic employees.

  • 2018 is forecasted to be the highest-revenue year in Cummins Juarez’s 33-year history – a testament to the importance of NAFTA.
  • Employees volunteered 30,000 hours of community service over the past five years.
  • Cummins Juarez won a 2018 Global Impact Award for a project that will generate enough green power to reduce site carbon emissions by 204 tons per year.
  • Three grants totaling $1 million were approved in 2018, which will fund impactful and sustainable projects for improving the community of Juarez and El Paso.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cummins is celebrating the dedication and contributions of its Hispanic and Latin American employees and communities. This recognition extends to the manufacturing and supply chain employees who support Cummins on the front lines. With approximately 20 plants or sites supporting all business units located across the region, Cummins’ presence in Latin America is significant and increasingly important.

Cummins Juarez, located in the binational community of Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, is just one example. As Cummins’ largest manufacturing site for the Components business segment, Cummins Juarez produces more than 3.8 million components each year and is on target to achieve its highest-revenue year in its 33-year history.

One of the cornerstones of Cummins’ success in the region is NAFTA – the single most important trade agreement to Cummins which has helped grow the economies of the US, Mexico and Canada. Prior to the agreement, Mexico was one of the most protectionist countries in the world, with automotive imports into Mexico facing tariffs as high as 20 percent. NAFTA brought down trade barriers and allowed Cummins to avoid duplication of manufacturing capacity to take care of Mexico engine and components demand.

Cummins continues to advocate for a modernized NAFTA that incorporates trade, investment and related regulatory reforms. A renegotiated NAFTA could continue to help produce benefits across the three countries and continue to help Cummins grow in the NAFTA countries and contribute to continued growth and success at its sites across Mexico, like Cummins Juarez.

Cummins Juarez is home to Cummins Electronics and Fuel Systems (CEFS) and Cummins Emission Solutions (CES). CEFS manufactures new and legacy XPI products, such as fuel injectors, and is home to a joint venture between Cummins and Scania, a major manufacturer of commercial vehicles. CES manufactures Urea dosers and pumps.

Using several advanced salvage processes, CEFS Juarez also remanufactures electronic control modules and sensors and Cummins-designed fuel systems, and they’re proud of their remanufacturing focus. Remanufacturing is the ultimate form of recycling, as it helps reduce costs for customers and offers environmentally friendly manufacturing solutions.

Below are just a few additional highlights for Cummins Juarez.

OVERALL SITE STATISTICS

Site Location: Juarez, México, and El Paso, Texas (warehouse).
Year opened: 1985
Site size/plant sizes (acreage/square footage): 260,000 Sq. Ft. + 70,000 Sq. Ft. for warehouse.
Business Unit: Components Business Segment
Site Leader: Robert Rivas
Site employee count: 2,593 employees
Products manufactured: Fuel systems, electronic control modules, sensors and dosing systems
Customers: Rocky Mountain Engine Plant, Jamestown Engine Plant, Seymour and San Luis Potosi Engine Business Unit plants and all aftermarket plants
Product applications: 
On-highway – semi cabs, pick-up trucks, school and public buses, RVs, fire trucks
Off-highway – marine, military vehicles, construction equipment

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Cummins Juarez employees contributed 30,000 hours of community service in the last five years.
  • Cummins Juarez has three strategic community partners that feature impactful and sustainable projects (more than 800 children are being impacted):
    • Ojos de Dios (God’s eyes) – Priority areas include the environment and equality of opportunity
    • Carlos Urquidi Elementary School – Priority areas include education and the environment
    • Ciudad del Nino (City of the Child) – Priority area includes equality of opportunity 
  • 2018 has been an exceptional year for the Cummins Juarez Community Involvement Team, receiving three grants from the Cummins Foundation.
  • The Cummins Juarez Scholarship Program provides 15 middle school students with a monthly scholarship funded by Juarez plant employees through an innovative vending machine program (started on 2011).

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Operations 
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Quality Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Product Engineering
  • Supply Chain – Planning and Logistics
  • Information Technology
  • Finance
     
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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Lisa Yoder posthumously honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Last week, Lisa Yoder, former Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Cummins, was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Central Indiana Supply Chain Awards (CISCA).

DLisa Yoderuring the event, it was also announced the Lifetime Achievement Award would be named after Lisa in honor of her commitment and dedication to her work and the time she invested in supporting her supply chain leaders and colleagues. 

More than 200 supply chain professionals came together on Sept. 13 to recognize 37 nominees and 9 winners during the first-annual CISCA event, powered by BCforward. The event, organized by the Institute for Supply Management – Central Indiana (ISM) and the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (Mid-States MSDC), is the first of its kind in Central Indiana.

Thad Ewald, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Cummins, accepted the award in Lisa’s honor. Members of Lisa’s immediate family and several of her former Cummins colleagues were also in attendance to celebrate Lisa’s accomplishments.

“It was an honor to accept this award on Lisa’s behalf,” said Thad Ewald, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Cummins. “She was a good friend and a valued colleague, and she left a lasting legacy at Cummins.”

Thad Ewald, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, accepts the award in Lisa's honor.

Lisa led Cummins’ Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing functions from 2011 to 2017, when she passed away after a long-fought battle with cancer. Through her tenure, she courageously led Supply Chain operations for Cummins locations across the globe. Lisa successfully pulled each supply chain function and operation under one umbrella and established the strategy for the supply chain transformation in 2012. This was no small feat, as this transformational work applied to and affected 190 countries in which Cummins does business, thousands of employees, and hundreds of work streams and processes. Lisa’s vision was instrumental in driving the current transformational journey within the Supply Chain, and her impact can still be felt today.

Lisa invested countless, selfless hours in recruiting and promoting the supply chain profession as a career choice. When Lisa became ill, she found inspiration from mentoring and teaching others the importance of the supply chain industry and living life to the fullest.

We at Cummins – those who knew her well and those who witness her legacy – couldn’t be prouder and are thrilled to see her impact live on through the CISCA Lisa Yoder Lifetime Achievement Award. 
 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

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