Cummins Filtration Closing Georgia Facility, 330 To Lose Jobs

Waynesboro facility was unprofitable; will close by June 2007.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Cummins Filtration, a manufacturer of filters, chemicals and exhaust system products for diesel and gas powered equipment, announced Friday the closing of its manufacturing facility in Waynesboro, Ga., by June 2007, resulting in the loss of 330 jobs.

The Waynesboro facility, which produces exhaust systems and structural frame components for small engine applications, has about 250 full-time permanent employees and 80 temporary workers.

All workers will be offered retention bonuses as an incentive to stay until production is completed. Permanent employees will receive a competitive severance package based on their length of service, in addition to outplacement assistance.

"We are extremely disappointed to have to take these steps," said Cummins Filtration President Pamela Carter. "Our actions today are in no way a reflection of the performance or commitment of our employees in Waynesboro and throughout the Small Engine and Recreational Vehicle (SERV) business, who have worked hard to turn this business around. Given the continued losses in this segment and little prospect for improvement, however, this is the right decision for the future success of Cummins Filtration."

Cummins Filtration Inc. is a wholly owned business unit of Cummins Inc., a manufacturer of, service engines and related technologies, headquartered in Columbus, Ind. The company had a net income of $715 million on sales of $11.4 billion in 2006.