Cummins Inc. announced Wednesday that it has chosen the Columbus Engine Plant (CEP) as the production facility for its new light-duty, clean-diesel engines, which is set to begin manufacturing by no later than 2010. Cummins is planning to spend $250 million on machinery, equipment and facility upgrades.
The company expects 200 jobs to be added by the end of next year, and anticipates that the new line will employee 600 to 800 workers within two years of its launch.
The new engines will be designed for vehicles below 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight for several automotive applications.
The manufacturing lines for the new engine are expected to cover 500,000 square feet of the 1.4 million available at the CEP for manufacturing.