Cummins announces partnership with Nissan, 500 new Ind. jobs

COLUMBUS, Ind. - Cummins Inc. will be hiring 500 additional employees in the coming years, the company announced Tuesday.

The Columbus, Ind.-based engine plant has forged a new partnership with Nissan and will build the engines for the automaker's next generation Titan pickup trucks.

Cummins will also develop a version of the engine for its commercial vehicle customers.

Cummins CEO Tim Linebarger said the new engine will give customers power, torque and fuel economy.

The contract with Nissan means, not only will the production line be reopening, but so will the employment office.

"This just means more opportunities for jobs. We don't know exactly how many jobs. It sort of depends on how many people buy Nissan trucks and other things. But we know it will be several hundred, several hundred good jobs. A meaningful amount for sure. We really feel good about that," Linebarger said.

Town officials said the move maintains the company’s commitment to Columbus.

"It is a resounding reaffirmation of Cummins strong commitment to Columbus. This new partnership with Nissan signifies Cummins drive for manufacturing excellence and innovation and to do so right here in Cummins' home town,” Mayor Kristen Brown, R-Columbus, said.

The Columbus engine plant dates back to the 1920s. The exact reactivation date has not been set.

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