Cummins delivers 10,000 COVID kits to truckers in Mexico

Cummins Mexico COVID kits for truck drivers

In a show of support and gratitude for Mexico's truck drivers, Cummins Mexico and its distributors supplied more than 10K COVID-19 safety kits to truck drivers around the country. 

While many of us did our part to contain the Coronavirus pandemic by staying home and social distancing, our essential workers made sure that our world continued to turn. Late last year, Cummins Mexico and its New and ReCon Parts (NRP) organization partnered with Valvoline, Fleetguard and Club Motor to thank the nation’s truckers for their service—and get them tools they needed to stay safe.

Through a campaign called True Heroes Never Stop, Cummins Mexico and its distributors supplied more than 10,000 pandemic safety kits to heavy truck drivers across the country. The kits included a mask, antibacterial gel, and a safety information card. 

Cummins Mexico COVID-19 kits for truck drivers
COVID-19 kits, like the one handed out here, contained several items to help keep Mexico's truck drivers safe during the pandemic. 

"I think COVID has made us all think about what it means to be a hero. All over the world, truckers haul the goods and materials that keep us fed, our roads in repair and our hospitals running-- and this invaluable service didn't stop in the face of COVID," said Senior Communication and Events Specialist Claudia Ramos, Cummins Inc. "Cummins is proud to provide these heroes with kits to help them lower their risk of infection while they continue their vital work for all of us." 

Cummins and partners will continue with this program this year from its San Luis Potosí plant.  

"I'm pleased that Cummins is talking to the drivers [and] truckers as a group. We’re honestly very happy with what Cummins is offering today,"  said Lucas Rodriguez, one of the highway heroes to receive a COVID kit.  "Thank you for making contact with the drivers and giving us the chance to talk." 

Catherine Morgenstern - Cummins Inc.

Catherine Morgenstern

Catherine Morgenstern is a Brand Journalist for Cummins, covering topics such as alternative propulsion, digitalization, manufacturing innovation, autonomy, sustainability, and workplace trends. She has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, holding leadership positions most recently within the Industrial Capital Goods sector.

Catherine began her career as a marketing writer for a biotechnology company, where she learned to take complicated and highly technical information and make it accessible to everyone. She believes the concept of “storytelling” is more than a trendy buzzword and loves to find ways for her readers to make personal connections to her subjects. Catherine has a passion for technology and innovation and how its intersection can make an impact in all our lives.

Catherine recently moved back to her hometown in the Hudson Valley, New York after a several decades in Los Angeles and Chicago. She is a graduate of UCLA and enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband and three children.

Perseverance runs in the family

John Lee, Cummins Power Systems Product Engineer from Shoreview, Minnesota (USA), has reason to be proud: one of his six children, Suni, is headed to the Olympics as part of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team. 
The Lee Family from left to right: Evionn, Shyenne, Lucky, John, Yeev, Noah, Sunisa and Jonah

John Lee, Cummins Power Systems Product Engineer from Shoreview, Minnesota (USA), has reason to be proud: one of his six children, Suni, is headed to the Olympics as part of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team. 

John laughs as he remembers a six-year-old Suni, before she started training. “She was always jumping around on couches, and it was clear we needed to do something to channel that energy. I remember the first time I took her to the gym, there were a lot of people there, girls doing flips—Suni said, ‘oh they’re so good!’ She wanted to be just like them.”

Last month, Suni finished second overall during trials, earning her ticket to the Olympics. She will be the first Hmong-American to compete in the Olympics as a gymnast.

“Suni made the team pretty quickly and she advanced so fast,” said John proudly. “We never pushed her, but I built her a beam for the back yard. We would always go to competitions that were close by and even fly out to watch her compete. It was usually me who went to the competitions before my accident.”

In August 2019, John fell from a ladder while helping a friend trim a tree. The accident left him paralyzed from the chest down, along with a broken wrist. 

“I remember coming out of surgery and then watching Suni compete at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships on television,” said John. “She took second that year.”   

While Suni tried to stay focused on her goal of making the Olympics team, John was working toward making it home. As a Navy veteran, he was transferred to the spinal cord unit of the local Veterans Administration (VA) medical center for additional treatment.

“His accident occurred on a Sunday and on Monday, we had multiple team meetings to discuss how we could support John and his family,” said Dennis Shaw, Manager - Market Support Service Engineering, Cummins. “At each turn, we wanted to be sure he had what he needed, from co-workers visiting him in the hospital and at home to helping with the short-term and long-term disability paperwork to ensuring that he had everything he needed in a role that was appropriate for him when he was able to begin working again.”

John returned home in a wheelchair two months after the accident, but it would be another year before he was cleared to return to work, in October 2020 as a Product Application Engineer. As are many employees, he is working from home due to the pandemic. 

“Cummins has been great in accommodating me to come back to work,” said John. “I do everything a bit slower now and I’ve had to have speech therapy. My team helped me with the process of getting back—anything I need help with, Cummins has been very supportive.”

During his long recovery, John didn’t let his wheelchair stop him from being there for Suni. He attended both the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas (USA) in early June as well as the team trials in St. Louis, Missouri (USA). Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, John and his family will have to cheer Suni on from home. 

“I visited John in the hospital a few weeks after his accident. Despite his serious injuries, I distinctly remember him saying ‘Even if I have to swim to Tokyo to watch my daughter compete in the Olympics, I’m not going to miss it,’” said Justin Blomenberg, Executive Director, Power Systems Platform Leader, Cummins. “It was incredible to see his strength and focus on his family. His perseverance to get to this point is phenomenal.”  

Catherine Morgenstern - Cummins Inc.

Catherine Morgenstern

Catherine Morgenstern is a Brand Journalist for Cummins, covering topics such as alternative propulsion, digitalization, manufacturing innovation, autonomy, sustainability, and workplace trends. She has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, holding leadership positions most recently within the Industrial Capital Goods sector.

Catherine began her career as a marketing writer for a biotechnology company, where she learned to take complicated and highly technical information and make it accessible to everyone. She believes the concept of “storytelling” is more than a trendy buzzword and loves to find ways for her readers to make personal connections to her subjects. Catherine has a passion for technology and innovation and how its intersection can make an impact in all our lives.

Catherine recently moved back to her hometown in the Hudson Valley, New York after a several decades in Los Angeles and Chicago. She is a graduate of UCLA and enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband and three children.

Celebrating Cummins women engineers that you should know

Today, June 23, marks International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), which celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world. The annual international campaign focuses attention on the many opportunities for women in engineering and encourages girls to consider STEM careers.

This year, we’re recognizing Kristen Bridgeman, Cummins Product Development Excellence Director, and Niyati Tamaskar, Cummins Electrical and Computer Engineer, who were recently named as “Women Engineers You Should Know” by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for 2021. Excerpts from the Spring 2021 issue of SWE Magazine appear below, with permission from SWE. 

Aspiring the next generation

A native of Northern California, Kristen Bridgeman graduated from Stanford University, beginning her career as a chemical engineer. She wanted to become a biomedical engineer, but, as the saying goes, “life happens when you’re making other plans.” She married, had her first child, and moved to Indiana.

Kristen Bridgeman
Kristen Bridgeman, Cummins Product Development Excellence Director

A one-year leave turned into 20, and two more children. Bridgeman volunteered her engineering and organizational skills in the schools and became a leader in her church. She became a director at her daughter’s dance school, which built her project management skills. “If you can organize 200 kids to perform The Nutcracker, you can do anything,” Bridgeman says.

Bridgeman re-entered engineering as a contractor, working with Cummins Inc. Within a year, she was hired full time and became involved in several Cummins Technical Women’s Leadership initiatives. One of them, RePower, works with SWE, helping women ease back into STEM careers through six-month “returnships.” Bridgeman was instrumental in the creation of the program. 

Cummins is one of seven founding members of the STEM Re-entry Task Force, a group of engineering companies committed to piloting an internship program for women returning to work after a career break. 

A love for engineering  

With 15 years of experience, Niyati Tamaskar spends her days developing electronic controls for machine and engine applications. 

Niyati Tamaskar
Niyati Tamaskar, Cummins Electrical and Computer Engineer

At 34, Tamaskar was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer. She was breastfeeding her second child at the time. Growing up in India, she found discussion of serious illness was often discouraged, however, Tamaskar chose not to be silent, writing a 2019 memoir about her cancer journey. She donates all proceeds of ‘Unafraid: A Survivor’s Quest for Human Connection’ to the American Cancer Society. Unafraid was featured in Forbes magazine as one of eight books that will help to spark human connection. 

In 2021, Niyati published a sequel to her memoir. In ‘Unabashed: Self-Advocacy and the Quest to Foster Empathy’ she offers a distinctive perspective on self-advocacy and the transformative power of empathy and service to others.

Tamaskar connects with women of color with breast cancer locally and nationally. She helps navigate medical jargon, sheds light on the reconstruction processes, and brainstorms strategies while nourishing their self-advocacy. Tamaskar has given talks on “the power of vulnerability” at Cummins Inc. and has given a TEDx talk on the cultural bias and stigma associated with cancer.

Her love of engineering is equaled by her dedication as North American leader for Cummins Women in Technology, and she promotes STEM education and engineering careers among minorities. She volunteers for Girls Inc. and is part of Cummins’ engineering recruiting team for The Ohio State University. 

Join us in celebrating women engineers that are making the world a better place and learn how SWE is empowering women to succeed and advance their personal lives. 

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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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Cummins celebrates Pride month

For decades, Cummins has a history of standing up for what is right, even in the face of adversity. Our leaders championed the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. We stood up against Apartheid in the 1980s and in 2000 Cummins began offering domestic partner benefits in the U.S., despite opposition.

As an advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), Antonio Leitao, Vice President, Europe ABO, shares his perspective on Cummins commitment to helping to make the workplace an inclusive environment for all employees.  

Antonio Leitao, Vice President, Europe ABO
Antonio Leitao, Vice President, Europe ABO

I have always known the value of diversity and inclusion, even from a young age. I was born in Portugal, and as a child I moved to France, where I grew up. I love both countries and cultures dearly; however, I sometimes felt that I didn’t quite fit in. With a different culture and a Portuguese name, I didn’t always feel “accepted”. 

Joining Cummins over 15 years ago, I met and worked with people from all over the world — from all backgrounds — and we felt like one team. 

I realized that at Cummins we can truly embrace our differences as strengths, each bringing something different to the table. Supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ+) community has always been a priority for me. I want to ensure that everyone can bring their true self to work. 

Across the European region, we have been working to support the LGBTQ+ community and encourage allyship. The Europe PRIDE employee resource group is very active, focusing on key initiatives across the region. We are making positive changes, but we have a way to go. 

Cummins Pride Employee Resource Groups
The Pride Employee Resource Group exists to foster a safe, equal and inclusive environment to support and empower LGBTQ+ individuals

I realize the reality and importance of this first-hand: In a prior role in sales, I had an employee on my team who had to travel extensively for his work. He travelled to places such as United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Singapore, and he was about to travel to Morocco, when he broke down and told me he couldn’t go. If he travelled there and he was open about his sexuality as a gay man, he could be imprisoned. 

I felt like I had let him down; we had never openly discussed his sexuality and I was devastated for putting him at risk. After this, I realized the true value of creating safe spaces and allowing colleagues to be free to talk about who they are, and be their true selves, without judgement. 

If I look outside of Cummins, I am encouraged to see that the European Parliament has declared the whole of the European Union as an "LGBTQ+ Freedom Zone". The symbolic resolution was passed in response to local authorities in Poland labelling themselves “LGBTQ+ ideology-free zones” in recent years. The resolution declares that, “LGBTQ+ persons everywhere in the EU should enjoy the freedom to live and publicly show their sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of intolerance, discrimination or persecution.” 

Only by making positive changes inside and outside of Cummins can we hope to make a more inclusive world: A world where we can be our true selves, without judgement and included, no matter who we are.

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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.

Cummins Resident Technician program provides customized knowledge and operational efficiency for Oil & Gas customer

Cummins Resident Technician program provides customized knowledge and operational efficiency for Oil & Gas customer

Cummins Oil & Gas team is supported by Cummins Resident Technician program that offers customers the opportunity to have assigned product technician support for extended time intervals to improve operational and financial efficiency. 

Imagine hiring a personal chef to cook your meals at home. Would you rather have a new chef every time you need dinner made? Sure, maybe this provides the benefit of flexibility and variety. But would it be more valuable to hire the same chef to cook all your meals? This person will know where you live, what time you eat dinner, where you store your pots and pans and even how you like your steak cooked. 

Now trade in your kitchen for a remote service facility supporting oil and gas fields, and your steak dinner for heartily engineered industrial engines. This is the value that the Cummins Resident Technician program provides for customers; a consistent, knowledgeable and customized experience that can’t be obtained with a steady rotation of even the most qualified technicians. 

The Resident Technician program that Cummins offers provides an incomparable amount of value for all parties involved in the exchange. First and foremost, customers gain the customized technical knowledge by having the consistency of one expert Cummins technician at their service for long periods of time. This allows the technician to learn the do’s and don’ts of customers product, they can become familiar with typical issues or unusual failures and they get to know the customer employees and location as if it is their own home base. 

In addition to elevated knowledge and familiarity, there are also financial advantages to the program. Since technicians are assigned to their specific customer, travel times are significantly reduced which affects hourly expenses associated with technical support. There are also opportunities to be more efficient with technician rates due to the long-term commitment of the program. 

Secondly, the expert Cummins technician reaps similar benefits as the customer. Consistency in knowing where you’re headed, what product’s you’re working on and which applications you will be supporting provides peace of mind, in addition to the opportunity to further specialize in knowledge and skillset. 

Finally, Cummins certainly has a skin in the game as well. Having long-term committed assignments for technicians not only provides operational efficiency, but the organization also knows that it is providing high-quality service to its most important stakeholders: customers. On a holistic level, the program provides significant value across the board. 

One of Cummins’ Resident Technicians, Tony Kaminski, has spent most of his career over the last ten years supporting a critical oil and gas customer, Halliburton Company. Tony handles Halliburton’s Cummins products, which primarily include the QSK50 Tier 4 solution for well servicing. Here are some of Tony’s reflections on his experience as a resident technician:

“I feel very loyal to [Halliburton]. I consider them my customer and my responsibility in this portion of the country. I have made a lot of friends here and they treat me very well. [The program] is nice for me because I know where I am going every day and I know what I’m doing… it keeps stress levels lower. 
 
The customer benefits because if you have somebody that has been with you for a while that knows your equipment very well, you can eliminate callbacks and save time. I have worked in the shop for so long, knowing something as simple as where hardware, hose clamps and fluids are stored saves time as well.”

Cummins Resident Technician program has been a successful venture for Cummins and customers to collaborate for efficiency and expertise. It has cultivated preferred processes and experiences for both customers and technicians that benefit all parties involved. While Cummins can’t promise to cook your steak perfectly, the Resident Technician program can ensure your products are serviced to your customized order. 

Katie Yoder - Cummins Inc.

Katie Yoder

Katie Yoder is a Marketing Communications Specialist. She joined Cummins in 2018 as a member of the trade show operations team, but now supports the Marine and Oil & Gas segments’ marketing initiatives. As a University of Wisconsin alumna, Katie spends her free time watching Badger sports.

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