Cummins to recall up to 270 workers at midrange engine plant

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Cummins Inc. announced Wednesday, Oct. 7, that it is offering to recall about 270 production employees who had been laid off or transferred to other Cummins facilities over the past year in order to meet a temporary increase in orders for the Dodge Ram turbo diesel pickup truck engines made at the plant.

The order increase comes as Chrysler seeks to build inventory for its 2010 model heavy-duty Dodge Ram pickup powered by Cummins’ 6.7-liter turbo diesel engine. As a result of the increased orders, Cummins plans to temporarily add a second production shift at CMEP that is expected to operate through the end of 2009. After the recall, Cummins will employ about 600 hourly workers at the plant.

The Columbus, Ind.-based company has began notifying employees and intends to begin the additional shift on Oct. 19. Cummins began production of the 2010 model engine Dodge Ram engines in mid-September with about 340 production employees working on a single shift.