Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) continues to grow its Indiana presence. The engine maker has opened a logistics center near its MidRange Engine Plant in Bartholomew County.
December 4, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. — Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) today celebrated the completion of its new Southern Indiana Logistics Center (SILC), a state of the art, regional facility that measures a quarter mile from the front entrance to the back corner of the building.
The 428,000 square foot facility is located next to the Columbus MidRange Engine Plant in Walesboro, Indiana. It will store material for all Cummins Southern Indiana manufacturing facilities and the Cummins Technical Center.
“The Southern Indiana Logistics Center is a game changer for Cummins and our supply chain,” said Lisa Yoder, Vice President – Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing. “It's a big, tangible step toward transforming our supply chain so we can continue to improve how we meet our customers’ needs through reduced lead times and lower costs.”
The new warehouse eliminates the need to use several Indiana warehouses by consolidating material under one roof, making it easier to manage and track inventory in real time.
The warehouse has also put a premium on ensuring a safe and secure work environment. For example, forklift operators must swipe their security badges before starting equipment. If they aren’t properly trained to use it, the equipment won’t start. Upon arrival delivery drivers will be directed to a specific dock where warehouse staff will be ready to meet them. The facility will also have state of the art lighting designed to improve safety and reduce energy consumption. Overall, the new facility is expected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 25 percent over previous operations.
The warehouse will be fully operational in mid-December, and will be staffed by employees of the Indianapolis-based Celadon Group, one of Cummins’ logistics partners.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.48 billion on sales of $17.3 billion in 2013. Press releases can be found on the Web at www.cummins.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at @Cummins and on YouTube at CumminsInc.
Source: Cummins Inc.