Cummins Inc. announced an investment of $24 million over three years to expand the research and development capabilities at its technical center in North Charleston, S.C. The Cummins Technical Center will be capable of running a variety of engines and test 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 expansion nearly doubles capacity at this site with state-of-the-art facilities to enable testing on diesel, pipeline natural gas and nonstandard gas engines and help the company in its drive to be the innovation leader in the industry,” says Jim Trueblood, vice president of High Horsepower Engineering for Cummins. “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 work force and community amenities capable of drawing skilled workers in the future, all played an important role in our decision,” says Gary Johnson, Cummins Technical Center operations manager. “Having a company facility that could be renovated was an important factor as well.”