Cummins Turbo Technologies celebrates opening of new remanufacturing plant in North Charleston, South Carolina
- Remanufacturing is an important part of Destination Zero, Cummins’ strategy to achieve net-zero emissions
- New plant will create 250 new jobs in North Charleston area
- Community grants focused on combatting racism will also strengthen community ties
Today, Cummins Turbo Technologies, a business unit of global power technology leader Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), celebrated the expansion of its new turbo remanufacturing operations in North Charleston, allowing the company to better serve customers.
Remanufacturing is an important part of Cummins’ environmental sustainability strategy, Destination Zero. Remanufacturing will allow the company to use less, use better and use again, while presenting an environmentally friendly option to replace a turbo. Additionally, by salvaging roughly 70 percent of the turbo’s metal by weight, remanufacturing greatly reduces the global impact from mining and refining those metals.
Cummins’ $27 million investment in the remanufacturing facility will create more than 250 new jobs for the North Charleston community. The new facility will remanufacture used turbochargers that will meet the same specifications as new turbos. Each remanufactured turbo will go through an equivalent validation process to ensure they meet the dependability and performance expectations of Cummins’ customers.
“Our employees in Charleston are critical to making Cummins Turbo Technologies the world-leader in air handling for commercial vehicles by exhibiting the teamwork and excellence necessary to deliver innovative, reliable turbocharger solutions,” said Shon Wright, Vice President of Cummins Turbo Technologies. “Our investment in the Charleston area will help us optimize our footprint and continue to be the top choice of our global customers.”
Adding turbo remanufacturing to North Charleston, where Cummins Turbo Technologies has an existing manufacturing presence, allows Cummins the flexibility to optimize its network between remanufactured and new turbocharger products and improve the cost competitiveness of both remanufactured and new turbos.
Commitment to Charleston
Cummins has had a presence in the Charleston area since the 1990s and opened its existing facility, the Charleston Turbo Plant, in 2006 with a focus on manufacturing first-fit turbochargers for original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Today, there are more than 725 employees working there.
In addition to the sustainability and business benefits of locating the new facility close to the existing Charleston Turbo Plant, Cummins is expanding in North Charleston because of its competitive manufacturing industry, robust labor pool and to continue strengthening its deep ties to the community and workforce.
While in Charleston to open the new remanufacturing facility, Wright presented local community groups with grants as part of the company’s journey to dismantle institutional racism through the Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity initiative. Metanoia, a local community organization that invests in neighborhood assets to build leaders, was presented a $1 million Community Development grant to establish quality housing and generate economic development. CommunityWorks and Lowcountry Street Grocery also received grants to support small Black-owned businesses in the Charleston community.
“In Charleston, we have a history of supporting community organizations in the areas of education, environment and equality of opportunity,” Wright said. “Cummins’ goal is to improve communities where our employees are located, and we are committed to bringing together all of Cummins' capabilities - its people, its balance sheet and the company’s philanthropy - to drive racial equity and combat the impact of racism on our employees, communities and economy.”
Cummins Inc., 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 to 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. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 73,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves its customers online, through a network of company-owned and independent distributor locations, and through thousands of dealer locations worldwide and earned about $2.2 billion on sales of $28.1 billion in 2022.