Cummins Shortens Indiana Plant Shutdown

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) -- Cummins Inc. says its shutdown of a central Indiana plant where it builds Dodge Ram engines will be shorter than planned.

The company had anticipated a two-month shutdown of its Columbus Midrange Engine factory beginning in mid-August, but said Tuesday that would be shortened to three weeks.

Cummins spokesman Mark Land says production at the plant will halt this week and is scheduled to resume Sept. 14.

Cummins in May began idling the plant, which then had about 600 workers making 6.7-liter diesel engines for Ram pickup trucks. About 400 workers were recalled in July when production resumed after Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy.

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