The groundbreaking for Columbus-based Cummins Inc.’s (NYSE: CMI) 100,000-square-foot information technology and digital hub in Greenwood could be on hold. The manufacturer is considering delaying the $35 million project in an effort to reduce costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plans for the facility were first announced in May 2019. The facility, to be located along I-65 and County Line Road, is expected to bring 500 jobs to the Johnson County city.
Cummins spokesperson Jon Mills said in an email to Inside INdiana Business a delay in construction is a “possibility” but would not comment further.
“We like the project a lot,” Cummins Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger told our partners at the Daily Journal on Monday. “Having said that, in the context of our current environment where it’s very clear demand is going to drop precipitously this year, we’re having to look at every single project we have and make sure that we understand which ones we can delay, which ones we need to cancel, which ones we need to push ahead at the same rate, and what we decided with this one is that we are going to need to postpone the start of the project, the groundbreaking.”
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers tells the publication more details on the project are expected later this week.
“They’re looking at what this situation is doing right now to them financially, and deciding what they’re going to do,” Myers said. “They are still going to do the Greenwood location. We just want to make sure we know when, but we’re not there yet.”