In NASCAR, this Job is Never Truly Done, but the Hauler Driver can Always Count on Cummins

The hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford depends on a Cummins engine to get the NASCAR team to its next race.
The hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford depends on a Cummins engine to get the NASCAR team to its next race.

When Bill “Stump” Lewis pulls the hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford into the next track on the NASCAR circuit, he knows there’s a pretty good chance he’ll never see the actual race. 

Lewis is usually busy packing the Cummins powered tractor-trailer during a race to get back on the road as quickly as possible after the checkered flag falls.

Every second counts, both on and off the track, for Bowyer’s team, which has been sponsored in part by Cummins during the 2018 and 2019 racing seasons. It’s just part of the job, says Lewis, who has been doing this kind of work for more than 20 years. 

“Sometimes I don’t even know who won the race,” he said with a laugh, taking a short break from his duties for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan (USA).

It’s OK, the affable Lewis says, driving the truck is still one of his favorite parts of the job.

FIRST IN, LAST OUT

Hauler drivers are typically the first to arrive at a track for a NASCAR team and often the last to leave. Some say they have the toughest job on the circuit and that’s easy to understand listening to Lewis describe his typical week during the season.

It starts at the SHR garage in Kannapolis, North Carolina (USA), where Lewis gets everything loaded into the hauler – including two cars, nearly enough parts to build another, tools of all sort, and the electronic equipment used to evaluate a car’s performance on the track. Lewis is even in charge of the snacks served in the team break room inside the hauler – which usually means he makes a trip to the grocery store before leaving town.

By the time the hauler hits the road, it’s filled either at or near the legal limit – 80,000 pounds. When he gets to the track, Lewis’ work is just beginning. He gets everything out and positioned, so the crew can get right to work the minute they arrive on site. Even at 66, Lewis can run circles around many of his younger peers on the NASCAR circuit.

Rendering of Cummins car for key races
For select races during the 2018 racing season, the Cummins logo appeared on the hood of Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford for Stewart-Haas racing.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HAULER

It’s a tough job, agrees Gary “Bear” Geissman, who is the fleet manager for SHR and has been involved in the racing transportation business in various capacities for some 40 years. He oversees all of the team’s haulers and 16 to 18 drivers. Sometimes more than one driver is needed if a trip takes more than the legal time limit before a driver must rest.

The SHR team’s haulers are usually on the road for more than 220 days a year, each covering about 70,000 miles annually, crisscrossing the United States under all kinds of driving conditions. There are seldom any “empty miles” that other truck drivers experience heading home after a delivery.

Keeping the haulers clean and in top condition is paramount. First, they each carry about $1.5 million worth of equipment, Geissman said. If that weren’t enough, the haulers amount to rolling billboards for teams and their partners. 

In certain locations, the haulers even have their own rabid fans. After NASCAR’s stop at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York, Lewis said people were lined up for miles on the sides of the road to see the haulers head south into Pennsylvania.

Photo of the Stewart Haas Hauler in Bristol
The Stewart-Haas hauler at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee (USA) earlier this year.

THE CUMMINS DIFFERENCE

Nobody wants to get stuck by the side of the road, the drivers of a stock car hauler perhaps least of all. They know a race has never been delayed or cancelled because someone’s hauler had engine trouble getting to the track.

Lewis says torque and dependability are key to getting his job done and Bowyer’s hauler has had a 600-horsepower heavy duty Cummins engine for about three years. 

“We are at maximum load with our trucks,” said Geissman, who’s worked with Cummins engines for most of his career. “With a Cummins engine we get the power we need to pull all of our equipment. We can get up to and stay at the speed limit, and our Cummins engines are really good on fuel, too. ”

Hauler drivers have enough to worry about. They shouldn’t have to worry about their engines, too. 
 

The Cummins’ name debuted on the No. 14 Ford of driver Clint Bowyer at the Aug. 18, 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. To follow Bowyer’s efforts, check out the Stewart-Haas Racing website or follow the team’s social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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 achieves high ranking on Diversity Best Practices’ Inclusion Index

Cummins also has diversity in the ages of its employees. About half are under 37 years old.
Cummins also has diversity in the ages of its employees. About half are under 37 years old.

Cummins has been named to Diversity Best Practices’ third annual Inclusion Index, which recognizes companies performing at high levels in several key areas including recruitment, retention, advancement and company culture.

"The Inclusion Index continues to grow as more and more organizations are willing to be transparent about their progress and workforce demographics," said Deborah Munster, Vice President, Diversity Best Practices. "We applaud their efforts and will continue to set a high bar in order to drive change and accountability."

Diversity best practices logoCummins was one of 80 companies to achieve a 60% or higher rating – 148 companies filled out an exhaustive survey as part of the index review. Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, champions best practices in diversity and inclusion and developing innovative solutions for culture change. The index was released July 30.

Diversity Best Practices says companies’ interest in diversity and inclusion continues to grow, pointing to the 17% increase in applications for the index this year. The group arranges its findings into three broad areas:

•    Recruitment, retention and advancement of people typically underrepresented in business settings (women, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals).
•    Company culture including leadership accountability.
•    Transparency and improvement in year-to-year demographic diversity. In 2019, the organization put an increased emphasis on assessing demographics, particularly at the more senior level of companies.

The index is designed to help organizations understand gaps in demographic representation and create a road map to drive internal change and solutions through proven best practices. Key findings from this year’s ranking included 93% of the top 10% of organizations in the index had diversity in their executive succession planning, compared to 79% of index members overall, and 61% of all index participants.

Diversity and inclusion are corporate values at Cummins and have long been emphasized by company leaders. The company put a special emphasis on inclusion in 2018, working to include, appreciate and value the unique backgrounds and skills that each employee brings to work.

“We are extremely pleased to be included as a Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index member,” said Kelley Creveling, Executive Director - Global Diversity & Right Environment at Cummins. “It’s an honor to be among only 80 organizations recognized by The Working Mother Research Institute for our efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive work environment for all of our employees.”

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]

 

Senator hits the track to learn more about Cummins

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun takes the wheel of a tractor-trailer powered by a Cummins X15 engine.
U.S. Sen. Mike Braun takes the wheel of a tractor-trailer powered by a Cummins X15 engine.

A U.S. Senator experienced Cummins’ energy diversity strategy first hand last week, literally.

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, an Indiana Republican, visited the Cummins test track outside Columbus, Indiana, Aug. 8 and drove a variety of Cummins powered vehicles, ranging from a tractor-trailer with the company’s popular X15 engine to a zero-emission bus with Cummins’ new electrified powertrain.

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun behind the wheel of an electric bus powered by Cummins.
U.S. Sen. Mike Braun behind the wheel of an electric bus powered by Cummins.

“What do you see in 10 to 15 years on how vehicles are going to be powered?” Braun asked, after completing his test drive with a spin around the track in a RAM pickup with a Cummins’ 6.7-liter, 385-horsepower engine.

“We believe very much in the power of choice,” said Brett Merritt, Vice President – On Highway at Cummins. “We don’t think there’s one silver bullet and the right choice depends on the application.”

Braun’s visit was part of the senator’s 50-city Summer of Solutions tour, where he’s meeting with businesses and constituents around Indiana to learn more about the challenges facing the state and country.

“As a former entrepreneur, I know you have to listen to the customer to solve problems,” said Braun, who took office Jan. 1. He is owner of a third-party logistics company based in Jasper, Indiana, that has grown to become an industry leader in auto parts distribution.

Merritt explained Cummins wants to offer customers a broad portfolio of power products including clean diesel, natural gas, and hybrid engines as well as electrified power, so customers can choose what’s right for their needs.

While electrified power is a great option for buses in urban areas where the necessary infrastructure is expected to develop first, it is not a great option for long-haul trucking over significant distances because of the lack of infrastructure. 

If a customer has access to a supply of renewable natural gas from a source like a landfill, Merritt pointed out that Cummins’ zero emissions natural gas engines can deliver carbon negative power for urban work trucks and buses.

And there may be clean, efficient power sources the company hasn’t developed yet. Cummins, for example, has been exploring the potential of hydrogen fuel cells.

“We’re in it for the long term,” Merritt said.

Braun said adopting new technology has been key to the growth of his own company. And he seemed especially struck by a line in a slide presentation that said, “Cummins is at its best when the industry is changing.”

“That first line is very true,” the senator said. “If you get good at that, you out maneuver your competitors.”

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun meets with Cummins employees.
U.S. Sen. Mike Braun meets with Cummins employees at the company's test track near Columbus, Indiana.

 

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: A Global Power Leader

Celebrating 100 years, and looking forward to the next 100.

The rise of Cummins - 100 years old in 2019 - from a tiny machine shop in Columbus, Indiana (USA), to a global power leader offering a broad portfolio of products, is a story right in drama, a story of trials and triumphs. 

Clessie Cummins, founder of Cummins Inc.
Clessie Cummins, founder of Cummins Inc. 

Cummins Engine Co. was founded on Feb 3rd, 1919, with William G. Irwin, a banker, supplying the starting capital. Irwin had hired Clessie Cummins in 1908 to drive and maintain his car and later set him up in business as an auto mechanic. 

Cummins, a self-taught mechanical genius, was convinced that the engine technology invented by Rudolph Diesel in the 1890s - while still unproven commercially - held great promise for its fuel economy and durability. 

Cummins started working full-time on diesel engines in 1919 when he heard that giant American retailer Sears, Roebuck & Co. would buy single-cylinder engines produced under license to Hvid. Clessie persuaded Irwin to negotiate a contract with Sears for 4,500 1.5 and 3 horsepower (hp) Hvid engines, but the beginning was inauspicious. Sears said the engines were defective and the contract was canceled in 1922 and Clessie went back to the drawing board.

The Critical Breakthrough

Clessie continued to experience pain, his experimental engines ripping the sides out of his fishing boats or tearing themselves to remnants. Then he made breakthroughs that solved critical problems of injection timing. He also created a fuel injector some experts described as 'simpler than a fountain pen.'

In 1924, emerging out of the swirl of innovation and problem solving, came the company's first distinctive engine line, the Model F (for four-cycle), the early editions of which were installed in fishing trawlers. These were believed to be the very first diesel-powered fishing vessels in North America. 

The Model F proved so economical that its popularity spread to other applications - generator sets, drills, shovels, and air compressors. The engine had one or two pistons, bolted as separate units to a common base, and developed 12.5 hp at 600 rpm from a 5.5-inch bore and a 7.5-inch stroke. 

On Christmas Day in 1929, Clessie took W.G. Irwin for a ride in America's first diesel-powered automobile - a Cummine marine engine-driven Packard. 

With his diesel engine and unique fuel injection system finally coming together and being used to repower trucks originally fitted with petrol engines, a dramatic leap forward in the evolution of diesel technology was realized. 
 

Clessie in 1931 with the Dusenburg, powered by the Model U engine, which set the world speed record of 100.755mph in Florida. 

Capturing Global Attention

With a new infusion of Irwin capital, Clessie Cummins set out to prove that his diesel engines could conquer the road and he began to capture the world's attention through a series of creative, headline-making events in diesel-powered trucks, buses, and cars. 

In one celebrated run, Clessie piloted a Cummins-powered truck coast-to-coast (New York to Los Angeles) on $11.22 worth of furnace oil. The truck traveled 3,214 miles and averaged 43.02 miles per hour. 

He also set a new world diesel-powered record of 100.755 mph in a race car at Daytona Beach, Florida. In yet another stunt in a diesel passenger car, Clessie drove his Cummins-powered Auburn from New York to San Francisco in 1935 on $7.63 worth of fuel. The Cummins Model A aluminum 6-cylinder engine in the Auburn was the world's first light diesel designed exclusively for a car. 

J. Irwin Miller, the great-nephew of W.G. Irwin, became general manager in 1934 and went on to lead the company to international prominence over the next four decades. In 1937, Cummins earned its first profit.

Clessie (1932) waving the goodbye to New York City as he set off for his coast-to-coast tour.

The company's first diesel engine designed specifically for highway trucking - the 6-cylinder Model H rated at 125 hp - was proving very successful. 

The 672 cu.in. displacement engine had two valves per cylinder and gained a reputation as a remarkable workhorse with its power, fuel-efficiency, and reliability. As truckers recommended the engine to their colleagues, the business began to flourish. 

In 1941, Cummins began offering the transport industry's first 100,000-mile warranty and a year later the US Army ordered 5,000 H Model engines for trucks. During World War II, most of the company's output went to the war effort. Cummins engines endured the harshest conditions, from the tropics to the sub-arctic. The convoys that supplied the Allied Forces in Europe, Africa, and elsewhere were powered in part by Cummins engines. 

Many of the famous Livery cargo ships and Miki-class tugs that supported the war effort also depended on Cummins marine generators for power. 

With America embarking on a massive interstate highway construction program in the 1950s, Cummins engines powered much of the equipment that built the roads and the thousands of trucks that rolled down them. 

As Cummins continued to grow its business in the U.S., the company began looking beyond its traditional borders. Cummins opened its first foreign manufacturing facility in Shotts, Scotland, in 1956 and by the end of the 1960s, Cummins has expanded its Sales and Service network to 2,500 dealers in 98 countries. Today, Cummins serves customers in more than 190 countries through a network of 500+ distributors and 7,500+ dealer locations. 
 

J. Irwin Miller, CEO from 1934-77, led Cummins to international prominence. A social activist and philanthropist, Miller advised presidents both domestically and internationally (including John F. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela). Martin Luther King Jr. described him as one of the most progressive business leaders in the country.

The Focus on Emerging Countries

Led by the visionary leadership of J. Irwin Miller, Cummins forged strong ties to emerging countries such as China, India, and Brazil, where Cummins had a major presence before most other American multinational companies. Today, Cummins has grown into one of the largest engine manufacturers in both China and India. Cummins, however, is no longer just an engine business, but a global power leader manufacturing diesel and natural gas engines, hybrid engines, generators, and is up and coming in electrified power. The company pledges to have an electrified powertrain for urban buses on the market by the end of 2019. 

Cummins had sales of 23.8 billion in 2018 - a company record. With more than 60,000 employees worldwide, Cummins serves customers in a multitude of markets. In fact, the company powers more types of equipment in more markets than any other engine company with engine sizes ranging from 2.8 liters to 95 liters. 

With engine development often taken for granted, it's easy to overlook the incredible engineering challenges Clessie Cummins faced to create a mechanically reliable engine and to set the standards for a company that is now the only survivor in a once-crowded field of independent engine makers. Not only that, Cummins is a technology leader, working relentlessly to provide cutting-edge solutions to the increasingly difficult challenge of Powering a World That's Always On.

Clessie Cummins' spirit of innovation and commitment to quality certainly lives on a century later. 

Cummins makes big jump in two key financial rankings

The Cummins X12 and X15 engines, made at the Jamestown Engine Plant, shown here, in Jamestown, New York (U.S.), helped propel the company to record earnings in 2018.
The Cummins X12 and X15 engines, made at the Jamestown Engine Plant, shown here, in Jamestown, New York (U.S.), helped propel the company to record earnings in 2018.

Cummins made significant jumps in two major financial rankings announced recently by popular business magazines.

On Fortune’s list of the 500 largest U.S. companies ranked by total revenue, Cummins rose from No. 149 in 2018 to No. 128 in 2019, an increase of 21 places. In Forbes magazine’s Global 2000 ranking of the world’s largest public companies, Cummins saw an increase from No. 604 to No. 485, a jump of 119 places.

In 2009, Cummins was No. 181 in the Fortune 500. The company finished higher than No. 500 for the first time on the Forbes’ Global 2000 list. 

The higher rankings follow a record year for revenues in 2018 at Cummins, increasing to $23.8 billion from 20.4 billion in 2017, a jump of 16%. The $2.1 billion in net income attributable to Cummins for the full year ($13.15 per diluted share), compared to a net income of $999 million ($5.97 per diluted share), or $1.8 billion ($10.62 per diluted share) in 2017 excluding the impact of tax legislation.

In announcing revenues for 2018 earlier this year, Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger pointed to the company’s 100th anniversary in 2019 as he thanked employees who “made our 2018 record sales and profits a reality.”

 “… Our financial strength allows us to continue investing and innovating across our broad portfolio of power solutions to remain a global technology leader for the next 100 years while continuing to return significant capital to investors,” he said.

Cummins invested a record $902 million in research and development in 2018. Four out of the past five years the company has spent more than $700 million in that area. Cummins is the largest independent producer of diesel engines and diverse power solutions in the world.

The 2019 Fortune 500 is Fortune's 65th yearly list of the 500 largest U.S. companies ranked by total revenues using the most recent publicly available revenue data for both public and private companies.

The Global 2000 is Forbes’ 17th annual ranking of the world’s largest public companies. It screens public companies in four areas: sales, profits, assets and market value.
 

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]

 

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