Steve Pinkston promoted to RMEP Plant Manager; John Judd to lead North America Operations for Cummins-Meritor

Columbus, Indiana
RMEP aerial view

Today, Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced that, effective November 2, Steve Pinkston is being named the Rocky Mount Engine Plant (RMEP) Plant Manager. Pinkston will replace John Judd, who, also effective November 2, is being named the North America Operations Leader for Cummins-Meritor.

Pinkston will be the 13th plant manager since the plant opened in Whitakers, North Carolina in 1981. The midrange diesel and natural gas engine plant has manufactured nearly 5 million engines and produces engines for more than 500 customers and employs approximately 1,800 people. 

“I’m extremely excited to have someone of Steve’s caliber to take the reins at RMEP,” said Ed Andros, Executive Director, Manufacturing Custodial Plants, Cummins. “Steve is a pressure tested and courageous leader who can plan strategically and execute tactically at the same time. Rocky Mount Engine Plant is well positioned with Steve at the helm for the next phase of our journey.” 

Most recently, Pinkston has acted as the North American Director of Supply Continuity since 2020. Throughout his 11-year run with Cummins, he began his career working as a Supplier Development Engineer focused within stampings and fabrication. Since then, he has advanced to managerial roles within the sourcing and supplier risk divisions and served as the Cummins Emissions Systems (CES) Purchasing Director for three years. Pinkston has a strong understanding of the Cummins supply base and continues to lead significant operational improvements throughout the RMEP supply chain. 

Pinkston holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations and Supply Chain Management from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. During his career, he has demonstrated the ability to lead large teams and drive sustainable processes and results within supply chain. He enjoys outdoor activities in his free time and resides with his wife and three sons. 

In the next phase of his journey, Judd will serve as the North America Operations Leader for Cummins-Meritor. Having completed the acquisition of Meritor, Inc., in August 2022, Judd will help with the integration of Meritor’s products and capabilities. His new role will be an important step in achieving net-zero emissions as Cummins positions itself as a leading provider of integrated powertrain solutions across internal combustion and electric power applications.

Beginning his career on the RMEP shop floor as an engine assembly technician, Judd has been with Cummins for more than 34 years and has held numerous roles. Since 2016, Judd has served as the RMEP Plant Manager and led the charge in modernizing facilities, creating more efficient plant practices, and continuing to drive innovation for sustainable and profitable growth. 

Judd has been a pillar in the local community serving as an executive board member of the local chamber of commerce and as the board chair of the Strategic Twin Counties Education Partnership (STEP).  He has continually served for the people of RMEP and for the local community. Pinkston plans to continue the strong community engagement of previous leaders, including Judd.

“John had an amazing career at RMEP, building and developing strong teams, delivering outstanding results, and building high quality engines for our customers,” said Andros.  “He led the plant through arguably the most challenging time in our industry’s history and his work ethic, commitment, tenacity and winning attitude have been inspiring. I am filled with pride and admiration for what John has done for the people of RMEP. He is truly a caring leader who will be missed in this capacity.”

About Cummins Inc.

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 59,900 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 $2.1 billion on sales of $24 billion in 2021.

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