Cummins provides holiday help for local Columbus residents

Cummins teamed up with Toyota Material Handling North America to provide holiday help for Bartholomew County families this year. The two corporations contributed $20,000 toward holiday assistance programs for four charities. 

The dedication to our global headquarters in Columbus, Indiana (USA), continues through this fourth annual partnership to match donations for the community. 

The United Way partner agencies receiving a donation include Thrive Alliance, Sans Souci, Su Casa and Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center. Each agency received a $5,000 check which they plan to use on programs such as Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center’s Angels of Love gift giveaway for hundreds of lower-income youngsters and their families and Thrive Alliance’s implementation of a new robotic pet program for their clients with dementia. 

“The generosity of Toyota and Cummins for the programs is in addition to their strong support of the United Way campaign,” said Mark Stewart, President of United Way of Bartholomew County. “Cummins and Toyota are some of our community’s biggest supporters. We couldn’t do what we do without their advocacy.”

Chairman and CEO of Cummins, Tom Linebarger, alongside Brett Wood, President and CEO of Toyota Material Handling, spoke about their commitment to philanthropy specifically in the city of Columbus during the event on December 8.

“This event affords us the opportunity to slow down and recognize the incredible work happening in our communities and the people impacted,” Linebarger said. “It’s increasingly hard to do in our hectic lives and also increasingly important to finding the connection points.” 

Cummins has long partnered with the United Way in the company’s efforts to build stronger communities and in keeping with its mission of making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

CEO builds support for strategy to address climate and other challenges

President and CEO Jennifer Rumsey speaks at the 2022 IAA Transportation show on the environmental benefits in Cummins products.

Cummins Inc.’s new Chief Executive Officer urged employees to be advocates for the company’s environmental sustainability strategy, maintaining it is integral to the global power leader’s business strategy and future success.

Speaking at a recent virtual town hall meeting to some 2,000 Cummins employees, President and Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Rumsey said PLANET 2050, the company’s environmental sustainability strategy, is crucial to achieving Cummins’ mission of powering a more prosperous world. 

In addition to helping customers, investors, employees and other stakeholders achieve prosperity, a more prosperous world includes “our planet and protecting this planet for future generations,” Rumsey said.

“This sustainability plan takes a long-term lens and looks at what Cummins needs to do as a part of our mission, as a part of our responsibility, and how we grow our business at the same time,” the Cummins leader added.

STRATEGIES FOR A BETTER WORLD

PLANET 2050, established in 2019, has three focus areas: addressing climate change, using natural resources in the most sustainable way and ensuring communities are better because of Cummins’ presence. 

The strategy has nine goals timed to 2030, including goals to reduce water use and waste as well as science-based targets aligned to the Paris Climate Accords to limit global temperature rise to no more than 1.5°C. PLANET 2050 also includes the aspiration to power customer success exclusively with carbon neutral technologies by the year 2050. 

Destination Zero, developed in 2021, is the company’s approach to decarbonizing Cummins’ products and achieving that aspiration. It calls for advancing no-carbon technologies such as battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cells for customers who are ready, while reducing the carbon produced by Cummins’ core platforms such as internal combustion engines. 

The company, for example is bringing to market internal combustion engines fueled by hydrogen, as well as fuel agnostic engines offering the benefits of a common-base architecture that can be optimized for a particular low- or no-carbon fuel.

UMBRELLA COVERAGE

Rumsey, who was named CEO in July, described PLANET 2050 as the umbrella covering not only Destination Zero but a third initiative – Cummins Water Works, the company’s global strategic program to strengthen communities through sustainable water and addressing the global water crisis.

Launched in July 2021, the initiative partners with leading water experts to develop and invest in sustainable, large scale, high-impact water projects. Cummins Water Works aims to bring fresh water to 20 million people who would otherwise not have it. The effort already has projects underway in six countries – Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico, South Africa and the United States.

Cummins Water Works aligns particularly well with PLANET 2050 in two ways. First, the program helps offset the water the company uses at its facilities around the world, addressing the PLANET 2050 aspiration to have a net positive impact in every community where Cummins operates, and employees live and work, also by 2050.

In addition, Cummins Water Works tackles a common consequence of climate change – drought and water scarcity.

A HISTORY OF ENGAGEMENT

Fortunately, Cummins has a long history of working to protect and preserve the environment and strengthen communities. Rumsey noted the company’s emphasis on building stronger communities goes back to J. Irwin Miller, who played a leadership role at the company from the 1940s to his death in 2004, including more than two decades as Chairman.

Brian Mormino, Executive Director of Technical and Environmental Systems, joined Rumsey at the Sept. 28 event and noted while many companies are establishing their first greenhouse gas reduction goals, Cummins’ first goal dates back to 2006.

“Our commitment to the environment goes back many decades and just gets stronger,” Mormino said.

The challenging goals and aspirations in PLANET 2050, however, cannot be achieved without strong support and engagement from Cummins employees, Mormino and Rumsey said. They urged employees to join the PLANET 2050 Influencer Program, an effort to create employee advocates for PLANET 2050.

“All of us are part of shaping this,” Rumsey said of the company’s environmental strategy. “…Our success comes from all of you, your innovative ideas, your creativity, your problem solving. Your commitment to the work you are doing is ultimately what will make us successful.”
 

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]

 

Community recycling days draw big crowds, and tons of stuff

Volunteers clear a truck of electronic equipment at the Columbus Engine Plant’s Community Recycling Day.

Community recycling days over the summer at two of Cummins Inc.’s larger U.S. plants collectively emptied more than 2,000 vehicles of an estimated 140 tons of electronics, batteries, tires, used paint, old lightbulbs and more.

The separate events at Cummins’ Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) in Jamestown, New York, and the company’s Columbus Engine Plant (CEP) in Columbus, Indiana, also attracted plenty of people, some waiting as long as three hours for their chance to safely rid themselves of material they had been holding onto, sometimes for years.

“It was really good to be able to have the Community Recycling Day at CEP once again,” said CEP Plant Manager Kyle Lewandowski. “It has been a couple of years since this event was held due to COVID. It gives people within the community an outlet to dispose of things they have around the house that are typically difficult to get rid of safely. It also provides a lot of opportunities for people around the community to volunteer, and that’s what makes the event so fun and successful.”

PEOPLE CAME EARLY

The Jamestown event was held June 18, while the Columbus community recycling day took place Sept. 15. It was the first such event at CEP in two years because of COVID-19. JEP didn’t have its event in 2020 because of the pandemic but was able to conduct a recycling day in 2021.

Both events this year happened under sunny skies, lending a festive atmosphere to the efforts.

“We had people lining up at 5:30 a.m. and our event didn’t start until 9 (a.m.),” said Loren Chase, Health, Safety and Environment Leader at the Jamestown plant. “I don’t know if they got the time wrong or just enjoyed seeing the whole thing come to life.”

Taken together, the events involved nearly 200 volunteers, working in concert with partners capable of safely handling hard-to-recycle items like waste paints and electronics. The Columbus event also got a helping hand from more than 40 National Honor Society volunteers from Columbus East High School in addition to volunteers from Cummins.

Older television sets showed up at both events.
Yes, older TVs are still out there and they can be difficult to recycle. This one showed up at the recycling day at the Columbus Engine Plant.

SURPRISING ITEMS

Organizers said the days brought out some unexpected items.

“One of the things that got my attention and the attention of many of our volunteers was the number of old TVs we saw with the cathode-ray tubes,” said David Wehrkamp, Health, Safety and Environment Leader at the Columbus Engine Plant. “There were some of the big heavy ones with the wood paneling. I didn’t think people still had them, but they do.”

While perhaps amusing, the old TVs underscore the importance of events like the ones in Columbus and Jamestown. Older TVs with cathode-ray tubes typically hold lead, cadmium-based phosphorus, and other toxic chemicals that make them potentially dangerous and hard to recycle. Many places in the United States charge a fee for handling them, but the recycling and cleanup days at both plants took them at no-cost.

The same kind of thing can be true for waste oils, paints and other liquids as well as tires. While both events depend on volunteer labor, they also involve significant costs that both locations cover through various means. 

PURPOSEFUL EVENTS

Government leaders say community recycling days serve an important purpose as part of the three R’s of waste management – reduce, reuse and recycle – to limit what ends up at landfills, incinerators and other means of waste disposal.

The Jamestown Engine Plant Recycling Day drew big crowds in 2022.
Community members began lining up at 5:30 a.m. for the Jamestown Engine Plant's Recycling Day on June 18.

“There is value in all unwanted items we accumulate in our homes,” said Tracy “T.J.” Pierce, Solid Waste Analyst for the Chautauqua County Division of Solid Waste in Jamestown. “…The community cleanup days organized by Cummins provide our communities an awesome opportunity to remove unwanted items from people’s lives and accumulate them in one place where they can be efficiently sorted and delivered to the recycling industry to extract that value.” 

Given they provide people the chance to do the right thing and save money, it’s no wonder the JEP and CEP recycling days, each now more than a decade old, are extremely popular.

“We get people calling months ahead of time asking, ‘when is the cleanup day?’” said David Burlee, JEP’s Machining Director of Operations and the longtime leader of the Jamestown event until handing that responsibility to Chase this year. “It’s great to be part of something people feel so strongly about.” 

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 plant receives Indiana governor's environmental excellence award

Engineers Clarissa Arriaga and Ashwini Khandelwal led the no-paint initiative

Cummins Inc.'s Columbus Mid-Range Engine Plant (CMEP) has received a 2022 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for a project resulting in the plant no longer painting 6.7-liter diesel engines with a clear coating before they leave the facility.

The award was presented Wednesday (Sept. 21) during the state’s 25th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference in Indianapolis. The plant’s effort not only significantly reduces the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), but also cuts the water, soap and chemicals used to clean the engines, as well as the energy used to dry engines after they are painted.

Cummins was one of six groups honored at the event, joining businesses, school systems, public private partnerships and other groups in receiving the award this year.

Reducing VOCs is one of the 2030 goals included in PLANET 2050, Cummins’ environmental sustainability strategy. The strategy establishes the goal of reducing VOCs from paint and coating operations by 50% over the next decade, in addition to goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), water use and waste production. Other goals include creating a lifecycle plan for every part and recycling 100% of packaging plastics.

Cummins employees gather after receiving the 2022 Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence in Indianapolis.
Cummins employees gather after the ceremony where the Columbus Mid-Range Engine Plant received a 2022 Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence in Indianapolis.

RESEARCH SETS THE STAGE

Plant Manager Nicole Wheeldon credits two engineers at CMEP with conducting a two-year validation investigation that determined the lack of clear coating, which consumed about 260 gallons of paint per week, would not make the engines more susceptible to corrosion.

Senior Industrial Engineer Clarissa Arriaga and Current Product Senior Engineer Ashwini Khandelwal found most engine parts were either already made of corrosive-resistant materials or had some kind of treatment prior to assembly. The benefit of painting was largely degraded by the time the Cummins engine was installed at the customer’s facility and then left that facility for the next stop on its journey.

The award is another chapter in the rich history of the plant, which was built in 1971 largely below ground level with parking on the roof to better integrate with the surrounding nature. Wildlife has been known to walk up and peer through CMEP’s windows.

Arriaga and Khandelwal are pleased they could contribute to creating a more sustainable product.

“In today’s world we need to do whatever we can to make our engines the cleanest technology possible,” Khandelwal said.

BENEFITS BEYOND THE ENVIRONMENT

But the two engineers, as well as Plant Manager Wheeldon, all emphasize the benefits extend beyond the environment. There is a cost-savings with no longer painting the engines for both the company and the customer. The change also frees up valuable space in the plant for other uses, and allows the employees in the painting operation to be re-assigned to other more important tasks.

The change, which went into effect in the fourth quarter of 2021, also eliminated something of a bottleneck in the plant when engines had to be cleaned, painted and dried.

“It was a win any way you look at it: environmentally, financially, productivity, and quality,” Arriaga said.

Little changes when end users open up the hood. They will continue to see a small vanity plate with the Cummins logo on top of the powerful 6.7-liter engine. 

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’ Statement on South Carolina’s Proposed Abortion Ban

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Over the past few months, Cummins has been communicating internally to our employees, and publicly, our concerns with laws and proposals that limit the ability of people to make decisions about their reproductive healthcare. We are very concerned with the proposed legislation in South Carolina that would limit reproductive healthcare access. 

If passed, this legislation will impact our employees, our communities and impede our ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce in South Carolina. Cummins believes that women should have the right to make reproductive healthcare decisions as a matter of gender equity, ensuring that women have the same opportunity as others to participate fully in the workforce and that our workforce is diverse. South Carolina’s proposed legislation is contrary to this goal.

For Cummins to be successful it is critical that we have a safe and welcoming workplace, and communities where we embrace our differences and enable all employees to thrive. As we continue to grow our footprint with a focus on selecting communities that align with our values and business goals, this law will be considered in our decision-making process.

We want to make it clear that Cummins will continue to provide our employees with access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, regardless of where they live and are able to make healthcare decisions based on what they believe is right for them.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

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