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Cummins to Expand Test Facilities


The Cummins Technical Center will be capable of running a variety of
engines and testing a wide range of fuels. Plans call for hiring 31 new
engineers, mechanical technicians and electrical technicians immediately
with more potential hires in the future, the company says.

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“The expansion nearly doubles capacity at this site with
state-of-the-art facilities to enable testing on diesel, pipe line
natural gas and non-standard gas engines and help the company in its
drive to be the innovation leader in the industry,” said Jim Trueblood,
vice president – high horsepower engineering. “We are excited to be able
to partner with the State of South Carolina and expand our testing
facilities right here in North Charleston.”


“A package put together by state and local officials, access to a
skilled workforce and community amenities capable of drawing skilled
workers in the future all played an important role in our decision,”
said Gary Johnson, operations manager, Cummins Technical Center. “Having
a company facility that could be renovated was an important factor as



Representatives of Charleston County and the City of North Charleston
participated in today’s announcement. “As one of Charleston County’s
most longstanding corporate citizens, Cummins has been a major employer
in our community for the past 30 years,” said Teddie Pryor, chairman of
Charleston County Council. “This exciting news concerning the growth of
the Technical Center in North Charleston is a gratifying testimonial to
the company’s faith in our workforce.”


North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey added, “We thank Cummins Technical
Center for their continued commitment to doing business in North
Charleston. Cummins’ research and development facility is a catalyst to
our advancing high-tech economy.”



The Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) hosted the event.


“Smart companies like Cummins are using innovation as a key driver of
economic growth and we’re pleased to celebrate their continued
investment in our community,” said CRDA Chairman R.M. Singletary.

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