Company honored for initiatives on the environment, veterans and creating a great place to work

Cummins' Columbus Engine Plant was honored by Indiana's governor for its continuous improvement on the environment.
Cummins' Columbus Engine Plant was honored by Indiana's governor for its continuous improvement on the environment.

Cummins has been recognized for its efforts on the environment, providing opportunities for veterans and creating a great place to work from a trio of organizations.

The company's historic Columbus Engine Plant (CEP) was recognized by Indiana (U.S.) Gov. Eric Holcomb for a range of initiatives to save energy, conserve water and reduce waste. The company was also named a 2021 Military Friendly Employer® for providing opportunities to veterans and their spouses. Finally, Forbes and Statista named Cummins to its 2nd Annual America’s Best Employers by State list for Indiana.

GOVERNOR’S ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

CEP was one of six Indiana organizations and government agencies honored for its work on the environment as part of the governor’s annual awards for environmental excellence.

“By using innovative environmental practices, they have reduced waste, saved money, and contributed greatly to environmental protection efforts for Hoosiers,” Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Bruno Pigott said of the honorees.

The Cummins plant was specifically recognized for five years of continuous environmental improvement, including an upgrade to more energy efficient LED lighting in 2017, an energy-saving manufacturing controls project started that same year enabling CEP to convert a continuously running coolant system to on-demand service, and engine test cell improvements saving 3.4 million gallons of water per year in the system to cool engines undergoing testing.

CEP also achieved Zero Disposal status under Cummins’ environmental management program, and the plant's popular Community Recycling Day for residents in the company’s headquarters city of Columbus diverted some 740,000 pounds of material from reaching area landfills.

“To have a successful environmental management system, it takes every department, every team and every individual working together to create change,” said David Wehrkamp, CEP’s Environmental Supervisor. “This recognition is the result of their hard work and dedication.”

MILITARY FRIENDLY EMPLOYER

Military Friendly employer logoCummins was also one of 240 employers recently named to the 2021 Military Friendly Employers list for its work in the U.S. to create opportunities for veterans and their spouses both through employment and supplier initiatives. 

“Companies that have earned this designation have invested in substantive programs to recruit, retain and advance veterans within their organizations,” said Josh Rosen, who leads the organization that puts the list together. “To them, hiring veterans isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s good for business.” 

Employers are evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Established in 2003, the Military Friendly Employers list provides a comprehensive guide to veterans and their families. In addition to Cummins employment efforts for veterans, the company has a very active employee resource group dedicated to veterans and veterans are also included in Cummins’ supplier diversity initiatives.

The recognition as a Military Friendly Employer follows the company’s designation in July as a Top-Scoring Company on the 2020 Disability Equality Index, a national benchmarking tool that offers business an opportunity to evaluate their disability inclusion policies and practices. Companies scoring 80% or higher are recognized as “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.” 

BEST EMPLOYERS BY STATE 2021

Finally, Cummins was named to the 2nd annual list of America’s Best Employers by State 2021 for the company’s headquarters state of Indiana.

The list is prepared by Forbes magazine and Statista, which specializes in consumer and market data. It is based on an independent survey of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 500 people in their U.S. operations. The surveys were administered using a series of online panels selected to get a representative sample.

Cummins is one of 80 top employers on the list for the state, ranking only behind Salesforce in Indiana. Other highly ranked employers include Eli Lilly and Company (third) and the Indiana University School of Medicine (fourth).  
 

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]

 

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.

Cummins joins call for congressional action protecting Dreamers

Cummins has been a vocal advocate for a path to citizenship for Dreamers.
Cummins has been a vocal advocate for a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

Cummins Inc. joined more than 90 other companies, associations and various other organizations in signing a letter in today’s New York Times urging a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

The letter to President Biden and congressional leaders follows a recent U.S. District Court ruling that found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful. The decision left thousands of immigrants widely known as Dreamers facing at best an uncertain future, including potential impediments to finding and retaining work.

“We strongly urge Congress to pass legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers,” states the letter in The Times. “Securing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers not only is the right thing to do but is a huge economic benefit to the United States.”

DIVERSE GROUP IN SUPPORT

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger signed the letter along with leaders from a diverse group of companies and oganizations, including Apple, Amazon, Eli Lilly, Facebook, Google, IBM, IKEA  and Salesforce, as well as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the National Young Farmers Coalition, the Texas Restaurant Association and Northwestern University.

“Dreamers add billions of dollars to our GDP; they are employees who fill key roles at our companies; they pay federal, state, and local taxes; they work with us, start their own small businesses, teach our children in school, and serve in our military,” the letter says. “About half of all Dreamers are essential workers who have been serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.”

This is not the first time Cummins leaders have spoken out in support of Dreamers. Linebarger called for action to protect Dreamers in an opinion article for The Indianapolis Star in February.

“They are Americans,” Linebarger said in the piece. “They’ve grown up here, attended school and are significant contributors to our economy and society; some have even served our country in the military. Let’s remove fear and uncertainty and put them on a path to citizenship.”

FOCUS ON CONGRESS

Biden renewed his call for action on behalf of Dreamers after the July 16 court decision.

“Yesterday’s Federal court ruling is deeply disappointing,” Biden said in a statement July 17. “While the court’s order does not now affect current DACA recipients, this decision nonetheless relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future. The Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision in order to preserve and fortify DACA.

“…But only Congress can ensure a permanent solution by granting a path to citizenship for Dreamers that will provide the certainty and stability that these young people need and deserve.”
 

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 Inc. reaches COVID-19 vaccination milestone with mobile on-site clinics

COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to loosen up in different parts of the world, as more people are becoming fully vaccinated. Cummins began offering COVID-19 vaccines for its workforce and their dependents through mobile on-site clinics on April 1.

The first mobile on-site clinic and vaccination was in Columbus, Indiana; now in just three months the company has administered its 15,000th COVID-19 vaccination, and it was at an on-site clinic in India.

“As we celebrate this milestone, we know there are many more waiting to be vaccinated, but are not able to, or do not have access,” said Bob Chestnut, Cummins Chief Medical Director. “We continue to work with local governments and health care providers around the globe to help make approved vaccines available to our employees, contingent workers and their eligible dependents.” 

To date, Cummins has hosted clinics in the following U.S. communities: Columbus, Indiana; Seymour, Indiana; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Cookeville, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee; Jamestown, New York; Fridley, Minnesota; and Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The company has also hosted clinics in China, Mexico and India. 

Although the mobile vaccinations are continuing, Dr. Chestnut encourages Cummins employees to take advantage of vaccination opportunities in their local communities, and not wait for a mobile on-site clinic. 
 

James Wide - Cummins Inc

James Wide

James Wide is a copywriter and copy editor on the External Communications team at Cummins Inc. He joined the company in 2018. 

Cummins Inc. continues mobile vaccination clinic roll-out

Nicole Wheeldon receives COVID-19 vaccine at Columbus MidRange Engine Plant

Standing firm on its value of caring, Cummins’ goal is to get as many of its workforce and their dependents vaccinated and protected from COVID-19 as possible. The company continues working with local governments and health care providers to make approved vaccines available to all employees, contingent workers, and their eligible dependents.

The company has now had mobile on-site clinics in Columbus, Indiana; Seymour, Indiana; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Cookeville, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee; Jamestown, New York; Fridley, Minnesota; Mineral Point, Wisconsin; China, India, and Mexico. Registration for additional Cummins U.S. and global on-site clinics will be announced to employees internally, as the company works with the local governments to procure vaccinations. 

“The health and safety of our employees and our communities are a top priority, and we see the vaccine as a critical piece in our efforts to resume some of the ways in which we traditionally worked and lived, and studies show vaccination can be extremely effective in improving the health and safety of communities,” said Bob Chestnut, Cummins Chief Medical Director. 

As an immediate response to the pandemic, the company developed a COVID-19 Safe Work Playbook, which allowed its essential workforce to continue to work safely on-site. The development of safe COVID-19 vaccinations allowed Cummins to create mobile clinics to help remove barriers to vaccine access to employees worldwide, while progressing the company’s plan for a safe return to on-site work for all employees.
 

James Wide - Cummins Inc

James Wide

James Wide is a copywriter and copy editor on the External Communications team at Cummins Inc. He joined the company in 2018. 

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