Cummins CEO Makes Strong Pitch for Free Trade

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger speaks at the forum.
Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger speaks at the forum.

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger today argued forcefully for free trade, maintaining tariffs and other protectionist steps won’t serve American workers in the long run.

“I know that Cummins and our 2,500 U.S. suppliers – small, medium or large – we can compete with anyone,” Linebarger said during a panel discussion on trade and American competitiveness sponsored by the Business Roundtable and Farmers for Free Trade. “I know we can. And I just want the chance to do it.”

Linebarger and former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat and now Co-Chair of Farmers for Free Trade, took questions from CNBC’s Kayla Tausche during the hour-long forum which was live-streamed and is now available on the Business Roundtable’s website. They were preceded by keynote remarks from U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance.

All three men maintained the tariffs proposed by President Trump on imported steel and aluminum would harm not only industries that depend on those items for the goods they produce but could trigger a trade war including retaliatory tariffs from other countries.

Hatch called for bilateral talks with those responsible for the over-supply of steel and aluminum now on the market, maintaining tariffs would do “absolutely nothing” to resolve the issue. He said he fears the benefits of recently enacted tax reform for many companies considering expansion could be undermined by the negatives surrounding tariffs.

Baucus agreed, maintaining the impact of any ensuing trade war could be disastrous for U.S. farmers who increasingly count on exporting a significant amount of what they produce. 

The Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of America’s leading companies. Linebarger, chairman of the group’s International Engagement Committee, lamented that trade has become politicized, maintaining “the idea that all sides can win has kind of been lost.”

He said a good example of both sides winning is Cummins’ high horsepower plant in Seymour, Indiana. The company looked at locations around the world but chose Seymour. Today, about 70 percent of the engines the plant builds are exported outside the U.S.

Linebarger praised the Trump administration for its work on tax reform and he said he likes what he hears about negotiations regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he says needs to be updated after 24 years.

Those developments and Cummins’ strong financial performance have him optimistic about the future – but only if that future is free of trade wars.

“We are ready to compete today more than ever,” Linebarger said. “All we need is a somewhat level playing field. We just need access to markets and we can go out and win.”

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Clessie Cummins inducted into first ever class of American Trucking Hall of Fame

On Oct. 15, Clessie Lyle Cummins was honored at a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially announcing the opening of the American Trucking and Industry Leader (ATIL) Hall of Fame. “Father of the Highway Diesel Engine” Clessie Lyle Cummins, founder of the Cummins Engine Company and Jack and Gus Mack, founders of Mack Trucks were the first inductees into the newly established Hall of Fame Class.

The ceremony coincided with the American Truck Historical Society’s (ATHS) 50th Anniversary celebration at the ATHS home office in Kansas City, Missouri (U.S.) as well as a ribbon cutting for their new facility.

Honoring an industry pioneer

"No transport industry hall of fame could exist without paying homage to these elite inductees. The impact they have on the industry is ongoing and everlasting. The American Trucking and Industry Leader Hall of Fame honors the pioneers of the trucking industry, whether they are drivers, company owners, or innovators to the industry," said Tom Mullen, ATIL Hall of Fame Chair.

“The pioneers of our industry have made it what it is today – one of the most critical industries in the U.S. and making sure that we preserve this history is ever important– especially honoring a man whose name our company still bears 102 years later. Clessie was a true entrepreneur, incredible inventor and salesman who pioneered and improved the designs of diesel engines," said Amy Boerger, Cummins Vice President and General Manager of North American On Highway Business, who represented the company at this historic event.

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Amy Boerger, Cummins Vice President and General Manager of North American On Highway Business, represented the company at this historic event

Legacy

"My grandfather saw a need for an engine, created a design, built it, tested it, revised it, 'perfected it' and parallel to all this, created a market by personally demonstrating its potential through fuel economy runs, speed records, and endurance events," remarked Matt Cummins, Clessie’s grandson.

Clessie Lyle Cummins co-founded the Cummins Engine Company in 1919. He was also an incredible inventor, entrepreneur and salesman who pioneered and improved the designs of diesel engines. He was awarded more than 33 United States patents for his inventions, and numerous world records for endurance and speed for trucks, buses and race cars.

Today, more than 100 years later, his legacy of innovation remains alive and well in Cummins’ diverse suite of power solutions that power a more prosperous world.

Learn more about Clessie and his Cummins legacy. 

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When innovation meets awards season

Cummins PowerCommand X-Series Transfer Switch

Transfer Switches are this year’s nomination for the 2021 CSE Product of the Year Award! 

With increased grid instability, and power outages due to natural disasters and inclement weather - the need for reliable power system equipment is crucial from small business and light commercial to mission-critical and life-saving applications. In response, Cummins Power Generation has designed a series of game-changing transfer switches: The PowerCommand® X-Series Transfer Switches. 

With market-leading innovation, the PowerCommand® X-Series Transfer Switches have been nominated for the prestigious Consulting Specifying Engineer (CSE) 2021 Product of the Year Award! 

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Pulling from over 80 years of experience in designing transfer switches and more than 100 years of providing power generation solutions globally - the revolutionary Cummins PowerCommand® X-Series Transfer Switches are engineered to survive exceedingly high fault currents at levels that could potentially blow out or damage other transfer switches. Rated from 40A – 3000A, the X-Series Transfer Switches meet the highest UL-certified withstand and closing rate in the market, allowing for an enhanced performance that is achieved utilizing the patented blow-on technology only available from Cummins. The superior ratings provide the freedom to use any over-current protection device to protect the transfer switch: eliminating many challenges associated with selective coordination of the system. 

“We are thrilled the PowerCommand® X-Series has been nominated as a 2021 CSE Product of the Year finalist! Featuring advanced controls with modern communications and a best-in-class switching mechanism, the X-Series provides the highest withstand and closing rating on the market.  With such robust features and functionalities, this product has been designed and tested to be the strongest link between utility and standby power for the most critical of applications,” said Wissam Balshe, System and Controls Business Director of Cummins Power Generation, discussing the team’s response about their CSE 2021 Product of the Year Nomination

In addition, the X-Series features the fully integrated PowerCommand® 80 controller allowing for unrivaled adaptability, connectivity, and intelligence in a wide variety of applications.

The team behind the acclaimed PowerCommand® X-Series transfer switches listened to over 1,000 consulting engineers to design the most intelligent, durable and fastest transfer switches in the market. 

Learn about the X-Series transfer switches

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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.

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