Cummins marks production milestone


Cummins Engine Business President Srikanth Padmanabhan, left, and Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant Manager John Judd stand by the plant’s four millionth engine during a ceremony commemorating the milestone Thursday at the plant.


From Contributed Reports

Monday, May 29, 2017

Senior leaders from Cummins Inc., one of the Twin Counties’ largest employers, and state and local government officials celebrated the production of the plant’s four millionth engine Thursday at the Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant.

This milestone represents the hard work and legacy of thousands of employees, some of whom helped build the first and four millionth engine.

“Four million engines is a remarkable accomplishment for a plant that has been helping Cummins power what’s next for our customers since 1983,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, president of the Cummins Engine Business. “This milestone is a result of our talented people in Rocky Mount. They work tirelessly every day to build quality and dependable products that serve our customers across the world.”

The plant, which opened in 1983, employs 1,800 employees and produces mid-range engines for trucks, buses, construction equipment, emergency vehicles, recreational vehicles and other on- and off-highway power applications. Employees on the Rocky Mount Engine Plant shop floor see 9,543 different shop orders created from more than 14,000 possible options, making them truly customer-tailored, built to order products.

“This is an incredible achievement for the many men and women who have helped make Rocky Mount a successful plant, a great place to work and one of Cummins’ premier manufacturing facilities,” said Plant Manager John Judd. “I am glad that the teams throughout the plant took this opportunity to reflect on this moment and celebrate what we have accomplished together, which is tremendous teamwork, performance and execution. I am also humbled and thrilled that many employees who built the first engine are still contributing to our success and had a chance to help build our four millionth engine. Many things have changed, but the pride we take in our work remains.”

On hand for the celebration included N.C. Deputy Secretary of Commerce William Miller and former RMEP plant managers Jim Lyons (1997-2000), Dave Selheim (2000-2006), Wayne Ripberger (2006-2010) and Calvin Balance (2012-2015), as well as Judd.

“RMEP is a critical piece of Cummins’ overall success,” Padmanabhan said. “Since the mid-1980s, we’ve produced more than 16 million engines, a good portion of which have been produced right here at RMEP — our largest MidRange plant. Engines made at RMEP aren’t just made for customers here in the United States, they are sent to customers around the world — from China, Japan, Australia, Europe, South America and all parts in between.”