Cummins OEM protects customers and employees

Onan QG 5500 EFI commercial mobile generator powers an emergency vehicles (photo by Frazer)

Cummins Commercial Mobile OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Frazer, Ltd. understands the impact that essential workers can make during a pandemic. Based in Houston, Texas - Frazer, Ltd. is the leading builder of emergency service vehicles and generator powered custom EMS vehicles for over 25 years. 

For 15 years, Frazer has strictly relied on Cummins to provide their units with the most reliable power. In a time where critical care is at its peak, the company recognizes the need to be truly prepared for any variable. Because of its true independence from the chassis, Frazer opted for the Onan QG 5500 EFI commercial mobile generator to power their emergency vehicles and specialty mobile healthcare units. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, the mobile lung screening unit was only used to screen for the beginning stages of lung cancer. Now these specialty units have been deemed even more essential and critical during the pandemic as the virus has been known to attack the lungs and respiratory system first. 

Specialty mobile healthcare unit
A mobile lung screening unit powered by the Onan QG 5500 EFI commercial mobile generator (photo by Frazer)

Frazer is taking every precaution when it comes to the safety of patients and medical personnel - who can take comfort in knowing that most units feature a state of the art ultra violet light decontamination system. This UV light decontamination system allows UV-C light to get into the cracks and crevices of the equipment to disinfect and decontaminate the unit. This is much more efficient than physically wiping down the unit or using aerosol systems which allow for too much downtime. 

Across the country, service teams and shops who partner with Frazer are also teaming up to help fight the pandemic. Frazer representative, Scott Harrell said, “You can’t have a unit down because it needs to be out there saving people’s lives.” Frazer is also offering free service training at their Houston production facility – which includes training on the Cummins Onan generator. “Anything to help the customer take care of their unit to help it last longer,” said Harrell.

Since the start of the pandemic, Frazer has been committed to providing safe and continuous service to their customers as well as a safe working environment for their employees. To keep up with production demands during the COVID-19 crisis, the company completed an in-depth analysis of their production lines. The results indicated that moving to two shifts allowed the company to safely limit the number of employees on the production floor. All employees are expected to wear PPE and stations have been geared to keep people working at a safe distance. The company is also taking steps to possibly install UV lights on the production lines to aid in continuous decontamination. From the employees to the customers across the country, Frazer is doing their part to make sure safety is always at the top of the list.

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Jill Weiler

Jill Weiler is a Marketing and Communications Senior Specialist for the DBU. She joined the company in 2012, and has served in a variety of roles including Visual Communications as an associate producer and project manager. Prior to joining Cummins, Jill served in the United States Army for 4 years.

Cummins Chairman and CEO, Tom Linebarger speaks out following Derek Chauvin verdict

Cummins Chairman and CEO, Tom Linebarger speaks out following Derek Chauvin verdict

Many of us have followed the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with murdering George Floyd in May 2020. While yesterday’s guilty verdict brings a measure of justice for Mr. Floyd’s family, it will not address ongoing systemic racism and violence against Black people across the U.S. 

This violence is an institutional problem and our communities are hurting. We are in the midst of a national reckoning on race, and the many events that led us here are deeply troubling and saddening. I am, however, hopeful that true change is coming. 

I am encouraged by the number of individuals, businesses and other organizations that have come together in the past year to break down barriers in the pursuit of racial equity. These are the priorities of our Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity (CARE) initiative- to enhance transparency and accountability in police governance, reduce the number of Blacks disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system, narrow the economic disparity of Blacks through dedicated investing in Black-owned businesses, and focus on sustainable revitalization of historically Black communities. 

There is still much work to be done. Advocacy efforts, private sector engagement and public discussions must continue in the pursuit of dismantling systems that disproportionately impact Blacks and creating safe communities. As I said last June, we need to work together to root out hate and replace it with a deep and abiding appreciation for diversity, inclusion and everyone’s humanity. 

Our longstanding commitment to civil rights and equity will be the basis of more permanent change. It starts with each of us and we must continue to speak up, speak out and take steps toward the change we want to see.  

Tom Linebarger Chairman and CEO

Tom Linebarger

Tom Linebarger became Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc., the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, on January 1, 2012.  Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO, he served as President and COO from 2008 to 2011, Executive Vice President and President, Power Generation Business from 2003 to 2008, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2003, and Vice President, Supply Chain Management from 1998 to 2000.

"The right to vote is the essence of a democratic society"

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Cummins supports the Business Roundtable’s recent statement on the importance of voting and we agree “the right to vote is the essence of a democratic society.”  

Tom Linebarger, Cummins Chairman and CEO
Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. 

We are active in, and support, efforts to advance voter accessibility and to make this fundamental right more broadly available. We are stronger as a nation when more people vote and are engaged in the civic process. We believe efforts to restrict voting access are discriminatory, largely aimed at our Black and brown citizens, and have no place in the inclusive communities we are committed to building.  

We stand today as advocates for inclusion and equity, as we did in 1963 when our then CEO J. Irwin Miller supported Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington.

We have a proud and long history of advocacy for those who are marginalized and oppressed, and we will continue to speak out on their behalf. Diversity, equity and inclusion make our communities stronger and more vibrant. We call on elected officials – at the federal, state and local levels – to advance efforts to provide greater voting access. We also call on leaders of companies and communities in every state around the country to do their part to make it clear that we will not tolerate discriminatory voting practices.

Voting is a core civil rights issue, and we have been engaged in this battle far too long. We will not stop until voting is accessible to all people in our country. Anything less diminishes our democracy. 

Tom Linebarger Chairman and CEO

Tom Linebarger

Tom Linebarger became Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc., the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, on January 1, 2012.  Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO, he served as President and COO from 2008 to 2011, Executive Vice President and President, Power Generation Business from 2003 to 2008, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2003, and Vice President, Supply Chain Management from 1998 to 2000.

Our diversity, our strength: Recognizing World Autism Day

Chris Sowers and his family recognize World Autism Day

To celebrate and bring awareness to World Autism Day on April 2, Chris Sowers, EBU Operational Engineering, shares his perspective on why this day is close to his heart and the importance of providing people with Autism Spectrum Disorder the tools they need to succeed in a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.

It was a Sunday in February 2018 and my family and I were out having an early dinner before heading home to watch the big game. All three of our boys were excited, as they were just getting old enough to really enjoy big events like this. The waitress interrupted our chatter as she came to take our order. 

“So, who’s going to win tonight?” she asked, while collecting our menus. 

All of us gave our predictions. Well, all of us except our youngest son Gabe, who was eight years old at the time. “And what about you, young man? Who’s going to win?” she asked.

Gabe looked at her, puzzled. The rest of us tried to help. 

“Gabe tell her who’s going to win the Super Bowl tonight,” I prompted.  

“The Eagles or the Patriots?” my wife asked him. Gabe continued to stare, unsure how to respond.

Another employee was cleaning a nearby table, listening. 

“Hey buddy,” he said. “Who do you think is going to win tonight?” He placed special emphasis on the word, think.

“The Patriots,” Gabe immediately responded.

The man looked at me and winked. “Sometimes it’s all in how you ask the question,” he said.

It was a brilliant reminder for us. 

Like many people on the autism spectrum, Gabe often operates at his best when information is presented to him in a certain way. He’s extremely literal. He couldn’t possibly know who was going to win the game; that wasn’t the right question. But he sure could tell us who he thought was going to win. See the difference?

Asking the right question enabled him to fully engage in the conversation.

Gabe is blessed with some amazing superpowers. He can memorize all the dialogue from a 30-minute television show after just one viewing and repeats it nearly word-for-word several days later. He can tell you the make and model of every elevator in every hotel we’ve stayed in since he was four years old, not to mention which floor we stayed on. Along with a variety of other skills Gabe possesses, his attention to detail and ability to retain information is truly remarkable. 

But, to help unlock this information, you need to ask the right question.

As the dad of an autistic child, I want nothing more than for him to be happy, accepted for who he is and to have the opportunities to fulfill his incredible potential. I worry about his future and about him finding his place in the world. New information on Autism Spectrum Disorder only furthers this concern. Last year, the CDC published new data that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, 85% of adults on the autism spectrum are underemployed. That’s a tremendous amount of untapped potential and unutilized superpowers.  

I strongly believe there is a place in this world for these abilities. We need unique thinkers like my son Gabe to enable a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. I see first-hand the difference it makes to give Gabe the tools he needs to be successful. 

At Cummins, we believe Diversity and Inclusion are about recognizing and valuing our differences and using those differences to deliver superior results. It's about genuinely valuing the perspectives and experiences of all people, not regardless of their differences but because of their differences. Diversity and Inclusion is an opportunity for advantage. I believe there is not only a place, but also a need for individuals with autism and other differences and disabilities to one day take their unique skills into the workforce.

I want Cummins to be a place where neurodivergence is encouraged to shine. I want all of us, across differences to have the opportunity to bring our full selves to work and contribute to our highest potential. That’s why I’ve gotten involved in our Inclusion of Neurodiversity initiative. Autism is just one of many elements of neurodiversity like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyspraxia, among others. At Cummins, we have a long and proud history of fostering diversity of thought, unique creativity, and innovation. Neurodiversity goes hand-in-hand with this history. 

We’re building the foundation of this initiative now, starting with the fundamentals and looking for ways to bring our workplace to a common understanding of what neurodiversity means and how it can manifest at work. From there we plan to launch projects aimed at increasing inclusion of our current and future neurodiverse workforce.  

For more information on autism and other elements of neurodiversity, please check out the following resources: 

Together we can make Cummins a truly neuro-inclusive environment and a great place to work, for everyone.

Chris Sowers

Joining Cummins in 2002, Chris now manages a group of engineers and team leaders responsible for power cylinder development on new engine programs.

Saluting the Black family throughout Black History Month

Saluting the Black family throughout Black History Month
"To celebrate Black History Month this year, I encourage you to honor your colleagues, your friends and your neighbors who make up Black families." - Carolyn Butler-Lee, pictured here with her husband, Larry, and their son, Solomon.

The following was authored by Carolyn Butler-Lee, Executive Director, Global Strategy - Diversity & Inclusion, Cummins Inc. 

When I hear the word family, I think about my husband Larry of 32 years and our 20-year-old son Solomon. I think about my mother who cherishes her garden and my father, a strong provider, who passed away 25 years ago. I think about my six siblings who are dispersed throughout the country. I think about my aunts and uncles who defy aging. I think about my gazillion cousins, nieces and nephews who make family reunions memorable.

This is my family.

For Black History Month this year, Cummins Black Network (CBN) – our Employee Resource Group (ERG) – adopted the national theme, "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity."  This theme sparked me to humbly smile about my family – the potent ingredient that makes me who I am and who I can become. Unconditional love and unwavering loyalty define us.

That is my family. 

When I hear the word family, I also think more broadly about the Black American Family - proud, determined, resilient and challenged. The Black Family in America has suffered tremendously since slavery when families were first torn apart in Africa only to be further torn apart in America when repeatedly sold or traded. Today, over 150 years after emancipation, the Black family faces many struggles, lagging other racial and ethnic groups with respect to home ownership, health, education, wealth and employment, and outpacing others with respect to racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

My collective family struggles.

Carolyn Butler-Lee - Cummins Inc. - Black History Month 2021
"When I think about family...I think about my six siblings who are dispersed throughout the country." - Carolyn Butler-Lee

The Black Family persists even still. While it has taken on many new forms and shapes, the Black family has made more than due with what little has been provided, pivoting as needed to land further than projected.

Descendants of slaves have become leaders in every sector. Women-led households have nurtured presidents and vice presidents at the highest level. They also take care of home when Black men are incarcerated at rates significantly higher than all other groups. And this woman, two generations removed from enslavement, one of seven children, raised in a two-parent home in Milwaukee, stands tall today as a leader responsible for championing diversity, equity and inclusion for a global power company. I gain strength from my brave and courageous ancestors who survived unimaginable odds and created a foundation for me to thrive today.

My family has persevered

To celebrate Black History Month this year, I encourage you to honor your colleagues, your friends and your neighbors who make up Black Families. They are both deserving of our recognition for the past they have endured and of our support for their present and future contributions to our company, the communities we operate in and society.

This is what families do. 

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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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