Mayor: Cummins Project Will Have 'Huge Impact'

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The mayor of Greenwood says a planned investment from Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) for a new office in the Johnson County city will have a huge impact. The engine manufacturer announced Thursday it is investing $35 million to construct an digital and information technology hub near I-65 and County Line Road, which will house some 500 workers, with many earning six-figure salaries. 

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Mark Myers said this kind of project is something he's been trying to get during his entire tenure as mayor.

"We've been promoting Greenwood. We've done a great job and now we've finally landed Cummins in Greenwood," said Myers. "It's just a really great package. It's an exciting time for us and it's opened up that I-65 and County Line Road piece of property that's not produced over the last 12 years, so we're opening it up now. We've got this coming and we're sure that this will bring many more things to come for that area."

Myers says Cummins is fast tracking the project with the goal of breaking ground in August. He adds the company is not requesting any tax abatements from the city for the project.

The mayor says one of the main selling points for Greenwood is its location. Cummins Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger tells Inside INdiana Business location was the main feature for selecting Greenwood for the new building, largely due to the benefit it would have for employees.

"We are able to get a building that's really convenient for us to access, but also we find that a lot of our people live in Greenwood," said Linebarger. "It means their family members can live and go to school and work in different parts of the community. It's a great location for us and we're now kind of naming this corridor between Seymour and Indy 'Cummins Corridor' along I-65 because so many of our people are living up and down there. We just want to enrich all the communities along there and give people more choice."

In addition to the Greenwood investment, Cummins announced plans to invest $33 million into its Columbus Engine Plant and also expand its downtown Indianapolis headquarters, as well as add more space inside Salesforce Tower.

Linebarger will appear this weekend on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick to talk more about the company's expansion plans.

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