Diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. announced today (Oct. 9) it will shift production of its ISM engine to its factory in Jamestown, N.Y., and eliminate around 200 jobs at its Columbus, Ind., heavy-duty engine assembly and testing operations.
“The Jamestown plant (located southwest of Buffalo) utilizes our most modern assembly line, which has the flexibility and capacity to meet all customer requirements for our 11-liter and 15-liter engines more productively and cost-efficiently than any other alternative,” said Joe Loughrey, president of Cummins’ engine business.
The 11-liter ISM engine comes in horsepower ranges from 280hp to 385hp and from 400hp to 450hp for motorhomes.
Production of the ISX and the new ISB engines will remain in Southern Indiana, said Cummins spokesman Jason Rawlings.
The elimination of the 200 jobs in Southern Indiana will occur during the first quarter of 2003, according to the company, which also is the parent of Minneapolis-based generator supplier Onan.
“Cummins is committed to competing profitably in the heavy-duty engine business,” Loughrey added. “This (consolidation) action is part of our overall strategy to do so, and is not connected to current market conditions.”
Cummins, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, also announced it will continue to manufacture cylinder heads and engine blocks at its Columbus Engine Plant.