Opening Marks a 'Huge Day' For Cummins

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Cummins broke ground on the headquarters in mid-2015. Cummins broke ground on the headquarters in mid-2015.

Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) officially took the wraps this morning off of its $30 million global distribution business headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger says the company aimed for an innovative design where "the walls are down" with every workspace encouraging collaboration. Mayor Joe Hogsett calls the building "truly transformative" for its economic and architectural significance.

Linebarger says opening the new headquarters is a major milestone for the engine and fuel system manufacturer, because it is "not just opening a building, it's entering a community." He says the building will help the company attract and retain great talent in a vibrant, growing city. The building is on the site of the former Market Square Arena, in an area that Linebarger says is ready to flourish.

He says goal of the building's design was to create an innovative space for employees to work. "If you go and see some of the floors, every single placed on the floor is near a window," said Linebarger. "What building have you ever been in where every place is near a window?"

Hogsett says workplaces are driving forces for talent recruitment and talent retention. He says, if you're a young professional with a STEM background, "why wouldn't you take advantage of it?"

"I can tell you," says Mayor Hogsett, "It's a lot nicer here than the City-County building."

Construction on the 170,000 square-foot building began in mid-2015. The facility will have space for about 450 employees currently located in Indianapolis and Columbus. The high-rise, located in the Market West neighborhood that has seen significant growth in recent years, also includes conference space and a parking garage. The company will continue to have its main headquarters in Columbus, where it has been based for nearly 100 years.

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