COLUMBUS, Ind.- Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced today a strategic, multimillion-dollar investment in Rocky Mount Engine Plant (RMEP) in Whitakers, N.C. The mid-range diesel and natural gas engine plant produces engines for more than 500 customers and is a major employer in Nash County with more than 1,800 people employed at this location.
“RMEP is undergoing a multi-year transformation to modernize our facilities, become more flexible and efficient, and ensure future success for our customers and stakeholders,” said John Judd, Rocky Mount Engine Plant Manager. “Our long-term investments signal a future for RMEP of sustainable and profitable growth, longevity and increased opportunity for all of us. Execution and strong performance coupled with strategic and long-term investments ensures that Rocky Mount Engine Plant will be strong for years to come,” he continued.
The $42M investment will include a flexible machining line, utilizing computer numeric control, to produce cylinder heads for 9-liter engines. The improvements to manufacturing engineering systems software will further the plant’s adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies and provide environmental improvements.
In line with the company’s sustainability strategy, PLANET 2050, the plant will reduce water usage because of containment and enclosures on the new machining line, allowing less water to be used in the manufacturing process. Energy consumption will be reduced with this more efficient line, which features more efficient motors, an energy conservation mode, and a reduction in use of compressed air, which is currently one of the largest energy needs in the plant.
The investment will help retain 30 positions at RMEP. Building a pipeline of talent through local community colleges is a priority for RMEP leadership, and current employees will be offered training opportunities if interested in the new roles.
“It is wonderful to see one of our longtime and largest employers commit to such a large investment in our Nash community,” said Robbie Davis, Nash County Chairman. “Cummins has been a cornerstone of the Nash County business community for almost 40 years. It’s impossible to overstate the significance of this project for the community and our future economic development.”
RMEP was originally established as a joint venture between JI Case and Cummins Engine Company and was named Consolidated Diesel Company in 1979, with the first engine produced in 1983. Since then, the plant has produced more than four million engines for numerous customers across the globe.
About Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid powertrains and powertrain-related components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, batteries, electrified power systems, hydrogen generation and fuel cell products. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 57,800 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves its customers online, through a network of company-owned and independent distributor locations, and through thousands of dealer locations worldwide and earned about $1.8 billion on sales of $19.8 billion in 2020. Learn more at cummins.com.
For Immediate Release